DISD police work to stay on top of school threats

Since Friday, Dallas ISD police have been responding to incidents across the district, keeping kids safe.

The calls range from students with guns to threats against campuses, including the shots fired at football players this week.

Cops were on campus Wednesday at Seagoville High School after social media the night before carried word of a student’s threat to get some kids who had been bothering him.

On Monday, shots were fired in the direction of football players walking to Woodrow Wilson High School after practice at a nearby park.

Before responding to the Woodrow incident, Dallas ISD police were at Balch Springs Middle School.

“The school was notified by a parent that a student might be in possession of a firearm,” said Dallas ISD Police Chief Craig Miller.

That student was not in class Monday, but was seen in the park next to the campus when school was out.

“The officer and the administrator confronted the student,” said Miller. “During the course of conversation, they discovered the nine-millimeter handgun that he had on him.”

But there’s more.

“Really unbelievable set of circumstances that within a few minutes of that action, there was another incident that took place within a mile from the school,” said Miller.

Two middle school students approached an administrator at a convenience store.

“A student made some derogatory statements towards this administrator who, once he got in his car, the other individual who happened to be a student tapped on the window with what appeared to be a nine-millimeter revolver…weapon.”

The first of this recent run of students with guns or threats against DISD schools started Oct. 30 at L.V. Stockard Middle School.

What happened was after school that day, a student tried to rob another who was at an ice cream near the school. The kid ran back into the school, told administrators and they called police.

The incident was considered an aggravated robbery, and police have been looking for the kid with the gun ever since. He’s not been back to school.

“As the boys were getting on the bus, they were saying, ‘Mr. Sherman, did you know we had a threat today?’” said Carlos Sherman.

Sherman is a school bus driver and also parent of a student at Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy, where a caller Tuesday criticized President Obama, questioned the name of the school and threatened the campus.

The school was put on lockdown Tuesday and all after-school programs were canceled for the rest of the week.

The district sent a letter home to parents that says someone called in the terroristic threat, but no specific details were given.

“It’s an opportunity for our students to learn how to take control of their environment, because as we hear about different incidents and threats made to our schools and near and around our schools, we want our students to be able to take a proactive stance,” said DISD trustee Dr. Lew Blackburn.

“It's stressful for everybody, involved isn’t it?” FOX 4’s Shaun Rabb asked Miller.

“Well, I think it is stressful because it’s so important,” said Miller. “We're talking about trying to protect our most precious commodity, our children and our students here at the schools, and we have to take every one of those investigations serious. And that’s why you have to take it serious; it’s just, you know, when we have so many coming at us.”

It’s important to note in every case that a parent or a student notified someone about the potential danger or threat, real or perceived.

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