Two People Detained after Threats Against Schools

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Earlier today, on Wednesday, January 19, Denton police placed several schools in the district on lockdown after they received “unsubstantiated threats.”

According to Denton ISD spokesperson Juli Zwahr, authorities got a call from an anonymous person regarding a threat to two high schools.

In a series of tweets, Denton Police Department updated the public on the events as they unfolded.

The initial tweet stated that “out of an abundance of caution,” they had placed Denton and Ryan High Schools under lockdown. They then added Guyer High School to the list of locked down campuses.

They also put Calhoun Middle, and Newton Rayzor Elementary schools in a “soft lock out.”

Police detained two people, one at Denton and one at Ryan, for questioning regarding the incident.

Police searched both campuses, and did not find a weapon. 

Guyer High, Calhoun Middle, and Newton Rayzor Elementary School were given then the “all clear” to return to operations as usual as the authorities conducted a more thorough search at Denton and Ryan High Schools.

District officials requested parents remain off-campus until police finished the security sweep of the two schools.

The final tweet in the thread stated that all lockdowns had been lifted from all campuses, and that after thorough searches and investigation, no weapons were located and no credible threat was perceived.

According to that final installment, officials presume the threat was a hoax, but interviews with the two people detained are ongoing,

Officers did not reveal what the specific threats were.

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