School Campus Safety (Press Release)

by Police Administration, Tuesday, December 18, 2012, 01:00 (2162 days ago)

ABILENE, TX – The Abilene Police Department has received information regarding threats involving school campuses. These reports were first received last week. An aggressive criminal investigation is being conducted, but all information thus far indicates the reports of violence are unsubstantiated “posts” on social media. When the involved students are subsequently interviewed, they state they are simply repeating the rumors that are being communicated on various campuses. No arrests have been made and all leads are actively being investigated.

This week, law enforcement officers will increase their presence on all school campuses. Additionally, on Friday December 21st, all school campuses in Abilene will have an officer on campus for the duration of the school day. This will be accomplished by collaborating with ACU Police, HSU Police, Taylor County Sheriff’s Office, Texas Department of Public Safety, and Abilene City Marshals. Law enforcement in Taylor County is absolutely committed to the safety of our children.

Parents are encouraged to discuss these issues with their children in an age-appropriate manner. Specifically, parents are asked to tell their students not to bring any weapons onto campuses. Any weapons brought onto campus will likely result in the student being arrested. Additionally, parents are asked to discuss social media posting with their children. Parents should discourage the use of social media to further any unsubstantiated rumors. False information that is posted on social media that results in a response by a law enforcement agency can be illegal and may result in an arrest. If any person has knowledge of a crime that has occurred or will occur, they are encouraged to call the Abilene Police Department or Crime Stoppers.

The Police Department will continue to work with AISD and WISD administrations to ensure Abilene remains a safe place for education.

Chief Stan Standridge

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