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4/27/04 - Tyler

School Security Remains Tight With Discovery of Second Threatening Letter

The author of a threatening letter at a Tyler middle school remains at large. Now, police and school officials are dealing with yesterday's discovery of a second note. A student at Hubbard Middle School found the handwritten note with vague threats in the 8th grade hallway Monday afternoon. Today, as students were busy with their TAKS test, a Smith County Sheriff deputy continues to patrol the hallway as a precautionary measure. The district says they're pleased at the way the faculty and students are dealing with a tough situation.

"It's a difficult situation, especially in light of the TAKS testing," said TISD Communications Director Cody Cunningham, "but they've been extremely professional and very respectful and business is as usual today, with the exception of some increased security and surveillance."

TISD says they are sending a letter home with 8th graders today outlining the situation and what is being done about it. The district is also considering installing cameras in its middle school hallways, paid for with the federal "Safe & Drug Free Schools Fund".

Kevin Berns reporting.
kberns@kltv.com

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