Student arrested after 4 Denton schools locked down due to threatening phone call

A student was arrested after a false report caused four schools in the Denton Independent School District to be locked down Tuesday.

According to the school district, Braswell High School, Navo Middle, Bell Elementary and Paloma Creek Elementary were locked down due to a potential threat.

The school district said the threat was investigated by Little Elm police and was found to be false. The lockdown was lifted at about 9:45 a.m.

At about 2:30 p.m., a 17-year-old student was arrested and charged with making a terroristic threat, the Denton Chronicle reported. The student’s name was not released.

Julie Zwahr, spokeswoman for the Denton ISD, said a phone call was received at the Little Elm Police Department’s 911 center on Tuesday morning. The caller alleged that two people at Braswell High School might be in possession of a weapon.

Because of the high school’s close proximity to the other campuses, all four were locked down, she said.

Officers from multiple agencies went to the school and two people were detained for questioning, Zwahr said.

No weapon was found.

Lines of parents were seen outside the high school waiting to pick up students as rumors spread through social media. There were no reports of injuries.

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Nichole Manna is an investigative reporter for the Star-Telegram. Before moving to Fort Worth in July 2018, she covered crime and breaking news in Tennessee, North Carolina, Nebraska and Kansas. She is a 2012 graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and grew up in Florida.