South Texas Schools on High Alert as Social Media Threatens Multiple Shootings

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Social media has caused alarm in several South Texas schools as a text message was circulated, warning that a group of teenagers were planning to carry out shootings at various campuses. The threat, which was shared through a group chat, disclosed that three individuals were planning to visit schools in Del Rio, Uvalde and Eagle Pass. They threatened to make the incident more significant than the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde that took place almost a year ago.

Source: Social Media
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The San Felipe Del Rio Consolidated Independent School District announced that law enforcement was investigating the origins of the text message. The district acknowledged that as the anniversary of the Uvalde tragedy approached, people would want to cause disruption and instill fear in the schools. They emphasized that they would not ignore any threat and would ensure that teachers were observant and students were secure.

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Gary Patterson, the interim superintendent of Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District, echoed the statement, saying that the district was cooperating closely with the Southwest Texas Fusion Center and the Texas Department of Public Safety. Patterson acknowledged that he regretted having to send such notices to parents but emphasized that it was crucial for them to be informed, even if it turned out to be a hoax. He further stated that they couldn’t afford to ignore anything and that social media threats were likely to rise as the one-year mark approached.

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