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Security Measures in Place Following Threat at Austin High School

December 18, 2018 05:49 PM

(ABC6 News) -- It's been a day of heightened security at Austin High School after an incident that led to a day-long police presence, and kept most students away from school.

"We have to take all of this seriously, to make sure," said Dave Krenz, superintendent of Austin Public Schools.

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It's an area of Austin High School that sees a great deal of traffic on a typical day, and on Monday, it was also the site of a disturbing discovery.

"A threatening note, crumpled up, had been found in the school," said Austin Police Chief Brian Krueger.

It was "a vague threat to shoot up the school building," Krenz added.

The note said the shooting would happen at noon Tuesday.

"It didn't pinpoint any areas specifically, or any individual specifically," Krenz said.

The note was found by a student in a restroom in a boys' locker room after the school day ended Monday.

School officials notified police, called the district's security committee and crisis team together and formulated a response.

Access into the building was limited to two doors, the high school was locked down during the day, and no one could leave for lunch.

"We one-on-one met with students and searched their backpacks," said AHS Principal Andrea Malo. "We asked them to show their student ID."

Police had a heightened presence outside the building, and inside.

Officers were at each station as students' belongings were searched, then walked the halls and checked the bathrooms, Krenz said.

The school district did a mass notification to parents around 9:45 p.m. Monday, providing information about the threat and the district's response.

Nearly 60 percent of the students were absent Tuesday.

"There will be heightened security from here at least until Christmas break," Krenz said, "and then we'll see from beyond that."

Investigators don't know who's responsible for the threat. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Austin Police Department.

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