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School threat found in South Campus restroom

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Schools

DPHS South 750IN SCHOOLS
Deer Park ISD announced it will raise security at South Campus after a threat was found on Saturday morning. In an announcement to parents regarding the issue, the district said it is cooperating with the Deer Park Police Department and is reviewing security camera footage to identify the suspect.

For the second time this month, Deer Park ISD has alerted parents to a threat to students, this time at Deer Park High School-South Campus.

According to the district, the threat was found written on a boys restroom wall on Saturday at approximately 10 a.m. The threat mentioned students would be harmed on Tuesday. Deer Park Police were immediately alerted to the threat.

The district sent a notice through its Skylert system, stating that the building was open because of a swim meet. The school’s indoor swimming pool is near the athletics area of the building. The district is reviewing security footage of that area of the school.

“There were dozens of students from several schools in the building that morning participating in a swim meet. Thus, it's difficult to identify who left the message,” said DPISD Superintendent Victor White in the notice sent to parents. “As a precaution, we will have extra School Resource Officers inside and outside South Campus this week.”

Deer Park ISD did not state the identity of the person who reported the threat or what school district they represented.

White said students and parents should be mindful of reporting suspicious behavior to DPISD or to law enforcement.

This school year, Deer Park ISD announced it has partnered with Anonymous Alerts, a communications tool allows students, parents, or community members to quickly, easily, and anonymously report urgent information to school officials.

“It is our hope that this program will help reduce the occurrence of bullying, cyber-bullying, abuse, self-harm/cutting, drug/alcohol use, depression, harassment, gang-related activities, and suspicious behavior,” said White.

There are two ways that students and others can use Anonymous Alerts:

1. Make a report online by clicking the link at the bottom of the main District website at www.dpisd.org or go to www.anonymousalerts.com/deerparkisd.

2. Download the Anonymous Alerts app from the iOS App Store or the Android Google Play store. After downloading the app, click on it, enter setup/login “deerparkisd” and enter “deerparkisd” as the password. The app has already been installed on all District-owned iPads and other devices.