Dear TCISD Parents and Guardians,
I wanted to bring your attention to a matter that happened yesterday at La Marque High School/Middle School and Texas City High School. A bomb threat was emailed in the morning towards La Marque and then in the afternoon towards Texas City. We successfully identified and located the student who made the threat against La Marque. That student was apprehended, charged and arrested last night. The investigation is still going on for the threat against TCHS.
I want to assure you that all threats are taken seriously and investigated thoroughly. TCISD administrators are well-trained on district-level emergency management, incident command, and National Incident Management procedures, which go into effect immediately upon notification of a threat.
District officials confer with law enforcement on the many factors considered when determining if a school should be evacuated, put under a hold or cancelled. We will not share why decisions are made the way they are for the safety and security of the entire campus. Sharing details is like giving someone a playbook on how they can hurt us in the future.
For decades, schools across the nation have been dealing with students making false bomb threats in an effort to disrupt classes. Kids may think of it as a prank, but it is actually a crime. Perpetrators face serious school discipline and criminal charges. The student who made the threats yesterday is being charged with a felony-terroristic threat.
Please talk with your children about the extremely serious nature and severe consequences of making bomb threats. Working together, we can continue to provide a safe environment for our children. Thank you for your support of Texas City ISD.
Melissa Duarte, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools