School week starts on lockdown
Dublin ISD staff and students started their school week eventfully as local law enforcement was called in to address a bomb threat at the intermediate and secondary schools while all schools were placed on lockdown.
Dublin Intermediate administrators listened to a concerning voicemail at around 7:31 a.m. on Monday and immediately called in Dublin Police, according to a news release from Dublin Police Chief Bobby Mendez.
The voicemail was left Saturday evening and indicated that explosive devices had been placed at the Dublin Intermediate campus.
Law enforcement immediately began seeking the owner of the phone used to place the call upon hearing the message and a potential suspect was identified just before 8 a.m.
“It was quickly determined by Dublin ISD staff that the phone call was placed by a juvenile male and there was not currently, nor had there previously been, any imminent threat to the staff and students of Dublin ISD,” Mendez wrote in the release. “It was later learned that two individuals were involved with placing the phone call.”
Some on social media platforms criticize the District for not letting parents know the campuses were on lockdown as they were dropping off students.
Mendez addressed the concerns in the release, saying, “The Dublin Police Department and School Administration take the safety of your loved ones seriously. Many of us have family and friends on these campuses, and the decisions and actions taken by us will always be with everybody’s safety and well-being in mind, despite what conversations or opinions on social media say to the contrary.”
Mendez also addressed criticisms about not seeking prosecution during Monday night’s City Council meeting, saying that the department doesn’t arrest or seek charges on anyone younger than the age of 10, in accordance with state law.
Dublin ISD Superintendent Rodney Schneider expressed his appreciation to local law enforcement and school staff.
“The faculty and staff showed incredible resilience,” Schneider said, while going on to credit Dublin PD, ECSO and the Highway Department for their performance. “Within 45 minutes, we had identified the culprits and got school back on track.”
The Dublin PD expressed its gratitude to the Erath County Sheriff’s Office and Texas Highway Patrol for their assistance as well as Dublin ISD staff for quickly providing information needed to resolve the situation quickly.