Jacksonville police officials say a threat received against area schools, daycares and police agencies early Tuesday morning originated in the United Kingdom.
“It is believed that there is no local threat or any information supporting any immediate threat,” said Jacksonville Police Chief Andrew Hawkes in a news release.
On Wednesday, Hawkes said there had been no further developments.
The threat was reported at 6:21 a.m. Tuesday on the JPD's Facebook page and the sender said they were going to “shoot up every school and daycare within a 30-mile radius then I'm coming for your officers.”
Hawkes said his office notified Jacksonville ISD at 7:14 a.m. Tuesday and area law enforcement agencies at 8:22 a.m. They also reported the threat to the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
“The Jacksonville Police Department is actively working on identifying this Facebook profile,” Hawkes said in a news release.
JISD Police Chief Bill Avera issued this statement:
“JISD PD has been made aware of the social media post that was received earlier this (Tuesday) morning by Jacksonville Police Department. We too don't believe that the threat is credible; but are cooperating with all local, state and federal agencies in order to identity the person(s) who are responsible for the post. We are monitoring the situation and will update as appropriate.”
JISD begins classes on Aug. 28.
Nearby school district Bullard ISD, who began classes Wednesday, also issued a statement about the threat.
“BISD takes all threats to school safety seriously. BISD safety protocols require exterior doors to be locked at all times and visitors to be identified through our campus offices prior to allowing access to our facilities. All campuses are being extra vigilant during this time until the individual making the threat is apprehended. BISD implemented additional security measures this summer which can be found on the Bullard ISD website at www.bullardisd.net.”
Despite the belief that the threat is not credible, Hawkes encourages schools and daycares to increase security.
Anyone with information related to the threat is asked to call the JPD at (903) 586-2546.