The nation's two biggest school systems — New York City and Los Angeles — received threats of a large-scale attack Tuesday with guns and bombs, and LA reacted by shutting down the entire district, while New York dismissed the warning as an amateurish hoax and held class as usual.
North Texas administrators watched the events closely and responded to questions Tuesday about local preparedness and how local school districts make decisions when it comes to threats.
Dallas ISD Police Chief Craig Miller says his force is constantly on alert to vet a variety of threats on any given day.
"We take all threats seriously,” said Miller. “We vet all the threats that come to us, whether those threats come to us through social media or through the assistance of students or staffs at the campus. It’s important for everyone to know that we are always going to consider the safety of the staff and students first."
Fort Worth ISD says its plan to safeguard 87,000 students also means vetting every threat with all resources available.
"We talk about the what-ifs,” said Clint Bond with Fort Worth ISD. “How are we going to react? We integrate our response with not only the city of Fort Worth and their emergency management team, but with the Fort Worth Police Department.”
In the meantime, opinions on how LA and New York reacted are topics of discussion parents have been having on their own.
"If they think it’s a credible threat, it’s a great call,” said dad Kinley Wolf. “You know, you have to do safety first. It has to be like that, especially with kids.”
Dallas ISD says it has seen an uptick within the last 30 days in threats through social media directed at certain schools.
Chief Miller says that is not unusual for this time of the school year; none, however, turned into anything serious.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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