SAN ANGELO, TX — Police were outfitted in combat gear and brandishing their long guns this morning right outside Lake View High School. At around 11 a.m. police radios went to the secure channel. At 11:30 a.m. the San Angelo ISD sent out a message calmly mentioning a “threat made on social media” followed by instructions that “Parents/guardians may determine to pick up their students and can sign students out at the LVHS front office.”
The line of parents in line to pick up their child from the high school was as long as a football field by noon.
The constant worry of violence in schools has become more common in the wake of the Uvalde tragedy in May 2022. Parents are on edge and school administrators have to deal with the reality that any rumor or threat, no matter if it was credible, can lead to situations like this.
The rumor circulating among students was that gunshots were heard inside the high school that proceeded a SnapChat posting that claimed that Lake View was about be targeted.
"F**k LV imma come shoot tha bi**h up,” is how the Snap concluded. The ShapChat posting was shared widely amongst student social media.
No injuries have been reported or ambulances observed in the area.
The San Angelo ISD statement:
"This morning, Thursday, September 22, 2022, San Angelo ISD and Lake View High School were made aware of a threat made on social media. Immediately district leaders and campus administrators began an investigation in conjunction with the San Angelo Police Department. This investigation is currently ongoing, and SAISD will continue to work directly with SAPD. SAISD will provide an update to parents at the conclusion of the investigation.
"As we continue the investigation and out of an abundance of caution, LVHS is implementing additional safety measures including an increased police presence on campus. Parents/guardians may determine to pick up their students and can sign students out at the LVHS front office.
"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 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." Source.
We have reached out to SnapChat to find out if the corporation that owns the SnapChat platform has taken any precautions against incidents like these happening. So far, the SNAP press office has not responded.
Here is a video of the scene Thursday afternoon as parents frantically await the opportunity to pick up their child from high school. One parent passed out due to the heat and authorities moved the line to shaded areas. Lake View High administrators had begun releasing students in groups to expedite the mass exodus from the building.
By 1:30 p.m., the situation at Lake View High appeared to be diffused. Parents who wanted to pickup their child from school had retrieved them and the line disappeared. We are awaiting official confirmation from authorities about what happened inside that caused the SnapChat threats to gain credibility. We do not know if classes will continue but if those classes this afternoon are still held, not many students will be in attendance.