Edinburg CISD officials tracking down threats made against schools on social media


POSTED: Monday, May 19, 2014 - 4:40pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 10:23am

A social media app is causing a storm of security issues for an upper Valley school district after threatening messages were discovered.

For the past several weeks, Edinburg CISD has been working to track down the person or people behind anonymous threats against various schools within the district.

These threats are being posted on a social media messaging app called "Kik."  Whoever is posting these threats isn't making it easy for district officials to figure out who is the author of these messages.

"They're posting it in some bogus account, and then they're erasing that account but the message stays there, and then it goes viral," explained Dr. Rene Gutierrez, Superintendent of Edinburg CISD.  "And it's not a good message, it's a threatening message."

Gutierrez says these messages vary from threats of a school shooting to someone setting fire to one of the campuses.

The threats happen frequently and so far none have been executed, but officials are taking every precaution to ensure nothing happens at any of the schools in the district.

"Obviously we're gonna take all threats very seriously," said Gutierrez.  "We are going to use all of our manpower to make sure our students and our staff are safe at our schools.  We wanna stop this, this needs to stop."

Edinburg CISD doubles the amount of security for any school listed in a ny particular threat.  Today, additional officers were present at Harwell Middle School. 

There are reportedly rumors floating around for tomorrow's threat, but no specific school has been named.

But while the number of police officers and security guards increases, the school district's level of tolerance for these threats is essentially non-existent. 

Officials are warning anyone involved in these threats that the consequences of their actions will be severe.

"We wanna press charges and stop this," said Gutierrez.  "This could lead up to a felony because what they're causing and what they're creating is panic and fear at our schools, and they're making terroristic threats.  And we're not gonna tolerate that."

Gutierrez aks any student or parent with information on who is behind these threatening messages to contact school district officials.

All tips will be kept anonymous.


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