Palestine ISD: No weapons found during sweep of high school campus

Palestine ISD: No weapons found during sweep of high school campus
Source: Raycom Media

PALESTINE, TX (KTRE) - Following the discovery of a threatening letter that prompted a lockdown at Palestine High School, a spokesperson for the school district said that no weapons were found when police officers and administrators searched the campus.

"Palestine High School administration along with Palestine Police Department has completed a search of the entire campus as well as a search of all student backpacks," said Larissa Loveless, a spokeswoman for Palestine ISD. "No weapons were found as of 12:30. Students will move to advisory period where they will go to lunch in small groups."

Loveless said later Tuesday afternoon that the students at Palestine High School have returned to their normal class schedule.

"Palestine High School will continue to be on alert as we continue through the day and during dismissal," Loveless said. "We will continue to work with Palestine Police Department to investigate the note found this morning."

Loveless said that the district's administrators are thankful for the students' willingness to consent to let their backpacks be searched. She also commended the quick response of the Palestine Police Department and the teachers, coaches, maintenance employees, and custodial staff who assisted in the incident.

Around 11:30 a.m., Palestine High School administration were made aware of a threatening letter found on campus, according to Larissa Loveless, the PIO for Palestine ISD. The school was then put on lockdown and the Palestine Police Department was notified.

"A note was found," Loveless said. "We do not know if it was a student who wrote it or not. That is to be determined.

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