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2/7/05-Tyler

"Low Level Lockdown" On Robert E. Lee Campus

A number of parents of Robert E. Lee High School removed their children from the school today after learning about rumors of terroristic threats. Officials at TISD say a number of Robert E. Lee students raised concerns over potential threatening remarks . As a result, Tyler ISD and Robert E. Lee School staff immediate took precautionary measures on campus this morning.

All Robert E. Lee faculty and staff have been informed about the rumors and instructed to increase supervision on campus and notify the Tyler ISD Police should they observe any unusual behavior by students. The campus has been placed under "low level lockdown" as an added safety measure. This lockdown includes monitoring entrances and exits, locking all portable classrooms, monitoring school hallways by staff equipped with 2-way radios, and escorting students between buildings.

Tyler ISD Police Officers stated that a number of students heard "second-hand" comments about the potential for safety concerns on campus. Counselors and school officials will be visiting with any students who may be able to provide more information about the rumors and how they got started.

TISD has also requested the assistance of Interquest Canines. This firm is under contract with the District and provides dogs trained to detect gunpowder, bombs and other potential weapons.

Cody Cunningham, Director of Communications for TISD gave KLTV 7 the following statement: "TISD has no information which indicates these are anything but rumors, however, we take all potential threats very seriously. We always err on the side of caution and exhaust every precautionary measure to ensure a safe environment for Tyler ISD staff and students".

The Tyler ISD Police and the Tyler Police Department will continue to investigate the rumors and any students found to have originated threats will face charges of Terroristic Threat, a third degree felony in Texas.

You can hear the latest on this story on the investigation tonight on KLTV 7 News at 5, 6 & 10 PM.

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