After a threatening message was written on the wall in the girls' bathroom at Aledo Middle School Wednesday, the threat was deemed non-credible, according to Aledo ISD officials.
“Aledo Middle School administrators were made aware of a safety threat on campus. Aledo ISD police investigated a threatening message written on the wall in one of the girls’ restrooms,” AISD Superintendent Susan K. Bohn said. “After a comprehensive investigation, Aledo ISD police and campus and district administrators deemed the threat as non-credible and AMS maintained its regular schedule for the entire day.”
AISD Police Chief Fred Collie said additional officers were provided to the campus.
“Our investigation determined at no point were any students or staff in danger as a result of this threat,” Collie said. “We provided additional officers to the campus to ensure a safe learning environment for our students and staff, and to help increase the visual presence of officers at AMS.”
Aledo Middle School Principal Mandy Musselwhite said they are grateful that students reported the message.
“We are grateful for the actions of our students in reporting the threat to our campus administrators,” Musselwhite said. “We are always encouraging our students to report any safety concerns they see to an adult. We are thankful for the leadership and support of the Aledo ISD Police Department for their swift response and assistance in helping keep our students and staff safe.”
Bohn said the district takes threats seriously and they will be pursuing criminal prosecution.
“Please know how seriously we take any threat to the safety of our students and staff and the security of our campuses,” Bohn said. “We will not tolerate safety threats and will assign disciplinary consequences and pursue criminal prosecution for those involved. Making threats to a school can result in a felony prosecution. Parents, please speak to your students about the seriousness and the consequences of making threats to our campuses.”
At the beginning of last school year, AISD Director of Student Services Scott Kessel presented additional safety improvements that were made, which included social media monitoring and alert software, additional construction to front office areas of campuses, the BearcatWatch Tip Line and additional enhancements to counseling services.
“This provides some additional opportunities to be aware of things like threats against our schools or if an individual may be in a mental health crisis and is making outcries on social media,” Kessel said at a previous AISD board of trustees meeting.
The district continues to encourage students to report any safety concerns by notifying an adult or using the BearcatWatch Tip Line, which can be found on the AISD website or on the AISD mobile application. Students can remain anonymous when reporting suspicious activity on the tip line.
“One additional feature that the app has is they can actually upload a photo, so if they see something or witness something and wish to take a picture of it, they can include that with the report,” Kessel said.
For more information visit aledoisd.org.