BROWNWOOD, Texas — The Brownwood Independent School District released a statement Thursday afternoon regarding a rumored school shooter threat.
According to the statement, on Thursday morning, several adults outside of BISD were discussing Brownwood High School via text messaging. These texts included discussions on school safety.
One of the adults, believing she was texting a friend, inadvertently sent a text to a phone belonging to a BHS student.
The message said, “Have you heard anything of the school shooter threat at BHS?”
"The student, understandably, was disturbed by the text which came from a number the student did not recognize." the statement read.
Discussions about the text message spread rapidly and rumors started about a threat. The BISD confirmed there was no threat.
"Brownwood ISD takes any threat, even a misinterpreted rumor, seriously and we sent out a notification based on the information we had at that time. We began an investigation along with the Brownwood Police Department and were able to track down the adult texts which led to this scenario. Student and staff safety is of the utmost importance to us," the statement said.
"In the age of immediate texts, sensational headlines, and social media, seemingly innocent words taken out of context are dangerous. Please help us continue to focus on educating our youth by carefully discussing these volatile issues. I personally applaud the student who took the text seriously and alerted school officials. Thank you to the Brownwood Police Department who tracked down the sources and provided heightened visibility during the day while the entire series of events could be established." Dr. Joe Young,
Brownwood ISD Superintendent, said in the statement.