PSJA Memorial High goes into lockdown

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POSTED: Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 4:04pm

UPDATED: Friday, September 6, 2013 - 7:47am

In Alamo, PSJA Memorial High School goes into lockdown after a student reports a suspicious object in a restroom. 

Security was notified at around noon, at which time Alamo Police and Fire Department arrived to the scene.  The McAllen bomb squad showed up shortly after to investigate the device that was found.

Students were evacuated from classrooms to the opposite side of campus from where the object was reported.  A phone call from the principal was sent out to all parents to let them know about the incident and early dismissal from school.

" We just thought it was a drill, and then we went out and we were out there for a long time, and we saw the fire trucks," said Alessandra Ramirez, a PSJA Memorial student.  "We were all like 'oh my gosh, what's going on?'"

The object was determined not to be explosive or dangerous in anyway.  PSJA ISD Superintendent Daniel King said the event was a hoax.

"{The object} was a PVC pipe and it was set up to look like it would be a bomb, but it was not a bomb.  More than likely someone did it as what they might have thought would be a practical joke but such an incident is not, it's a crime and it will be dealt with as a crime."

No arrests were made and no suspects have been named.  The school does have security cameras in the area where the suspicious item was placed, so footage will be used in the continuing investigation.
 

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