Robinson Independent School District officials are investigating a Robinson Junior High School student who allegedly made a threat to harm students nine days after a 19-year-old killed 17 people at a Florida School on Feb. 14, Assistant Superintendent Tim VanCleave said.
He would not disclose any possible action taken against the student, which is protected by federal and state privacy laws.
The student was allegedly talking with his peers on campus the morning of Feb. 23, and made a comment that made his peers nervous, VanCleave said. His peers then reported the comment to counselors and the campus principal investigated, he said.
Parents were alerted to the issue through the district’s messaging system, and though the threat was found to be unsubstantial, Robinson ISD officials are still looking into the matter, VanCleave said.
“We want to make you aware that earlier today a few students came forward to say that another student made a threatening statement towards the (junior high school). It has been thoroughly investigated and it has been determined that the student did not mean to be threatening; however, the Student Code of Conduct has been enforced and the student has been removed from campus,” Robinson Junior High Principal Shelly Chudej wrote in the statement to parents. “We are thankful that we have students that come forward and speak to adults when they have concerns. We would ask that you talk with your children and let them know that all statements will be taken seriously.”
The incident occurred the week after Robinson ISD also fully implemented a $2,300 emergency planning software that makes inside knowledge about its facilities easy for first responders to access during dangerous situations, including active-shooter situations.
The program lets officials use their computers in patrol cars and fire trucks to access floor plans, aerial photos of campuses, information about water pressure for the nearest fire hydrants, the location of hazardous materials in science labs and more, said David Wrzesinski, the district’s special programs director in charge of safety.
The software will also give first responders access to cameras in any building from their vehicles and 3-D mapping abilities, he said.
Robinson ISD is the first in Texas to adopt the program.
“With all the things going on in society right now, we’re making sure we’re investigating things thoroughly,” VanCleave said.