Police lock down 3 Denton area high schools investigating threats

Three Denton-area high schools are on lockdown as police investigate ‘unfounded threats’.

Police placed Denton, Ryan and Guyer high schools on lockdown Wednesday morning ‘out of an abundance of caution’, according to a Tweeter. Authorities are asking people to avoid the area.

This morning, police received an anonymous phone call about a potential threat to two high school campuses, Denton ISD spokeswoman Julie Zwahr said. Denton and Ryan high schools have been quarantined as a precaution.

District officials and police then placed Guyer High, Calhoun Middle and Newton Rayzor Elementary schools in “soft lockdown.”

“We don’t believe there is a threat to our students or staff at this time,” Zwahr said. “Currently, all students and staff are safe in the classroom.”

Last month, viral social media threats spread across the country and state, encouraging students to disrupt classes and cause riots. A separate threat warned of a national “school shooting day”.

Also in December, Frisco canceled classes at Lone Star High School after another message spread through the community urging families to keep their children home due to possible threats of violence against the school. .

Students were not allowed to bring their backpacks for the rest of the week once they returned to class.

Students have faced criminal charges for making false threats or causing the alarm.

Frisco police arrested seven youths for school-related threats last month, describing some as middle schoolers. They did not specify the charges that students face. Rockwall and Lewisville police also arrested area students after investigating threats in those areas.

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