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Social media threat towards Lake View HS leads to increased police presence

The SAPD said its officers are investigating the situation. The SAISD said Lake View parents can pick their children up from the school.

SAN ANGELO, Texas — UPDATE: San Angelo PD Public Information Officer Richard Espinosa said officers were dispatched to the school Thursday morning in reference to threats made on social media about a possible school shooting. 

Officers established a perimeter inside and outside Lake View. Texas Department of Public Safety and the Tom Green Sheriff's Office were at the scene to help the police department.

"We cleared the entire high school. We learned there was no immediate threat inside the school, therefore the staff began to release students inside the school to their parents outside," Espinoza said. "There are no injuries associated directly with the incident or the threats. There was no shooting whatsoever. We are currently investigating the incident."

Espinoza said more information will be released at a later time.

UPDATE: San Angelo Police Chief Frank Carter issued the following statement on social media: "In reference to the call at Lakeview, police have been on scene investigating the origin of the threat. DPS & Tom Green County Sheriff Office arrived to assist as well. There were no shots fired at the school and no one has been injured."

ORIGINAL STORY: The San Angelo Police Department said there is an increased officer presence at San Angelo Lake View High School Thursday after a social media threat was made against the school.

The San Angelo Independent School District and Lake View High School were made aware of the threat Thursday morning and immediately began an investigation in conjunction with the SAPD. The investigation is ongoing and SAISD will continue to work directly with SAPD.

Thursday afternoon, the SAISD said the SAPD informed the district the investigation is making progress. SAPD continues to have an increased presence at the school.

Lake View High School has implemented a controlled release of students. Students remaining on campus will be in a supervised secured area through the end of the day.

SAISD said it will continue to provide updates to parents.

"We take all matters of this nature seriously and will follow procedures outlined in our Student Code of Conduct. The safety of our students is our first priority. We encourage everyone to report threats of any kind to a district or school official, local law enforcement, or report the concern on our district StayAlert link on the SAISD website," the district said in a press release. "The safety of our students is our first priority. We take all matters of this nature seriously and will follow procedures outlined in our Student Code of Conduct. SAISD, by law, is not at liberty to publicly disclose the names of students or disciplinary actions taken. We appreciate the collaborative effort between the school and law enforcement. SAISD encourages everyone to report threats of any kind to a district or school official, local law enforcement, or report the concern on our district StayAlert link on the SAISD website. Student reports will be kept confidential."

This is a developing story. More information will be posted as it becomes available.


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