Investigation of Threatening Notes/Disruptions at Highland Park High School
March 21, 2013
March 19 - 20 - 21
Threatening text were sent to several HPHS students' cell phones. Police have determined these are not credible threats.
Police are interviewing students, the high school is proceeding with school.
March 7 -
A threatening text was sent to several HPHS students' cell phones. UPPD determined it was not a credible threat. Police are interviewing students. The high school proceeded with school.
March 6 -
In the interest of keeping everyone informed, HPISD has produced a video in which UP Police Chief Gary Adams, HPISD Superintendent Dr. Dawson Orr and HPHS Principal Walter Kelly discuss the investigation and campus security measures with HPISD Director of Communications Helen Williams. Click here to view. (15:47)
March 5 -
To read a safety update from HPISD Superintendent Dr. Dawson Orr and University Park Police Chief Gary Adams, click here
March 4 -
Highland Park High School received another bomb threat this morning. It was sent by email to Crime Stoppers, the organization helping collect tips for investigators. Crime Stoppers reported the person who sent the email overheard others talking about a bomb.
Police completely searched the building and found nothing. Classes are continuing as usual. There continues to be heightened security at the High School. Officers are on campus today to walk the hallways and look for suspicious activity.
February 28 -
The University Park Police Department is working closely with Highland Park Independent School District officials and with agents from the Dallas office of the FBI to find the person or persons responsible for the threatening notes and disruptions at the high school.
Thursday, in addition to the department’s school resource officer, UPPD had eight other uniformed officers on campus to safeguard students, faculty and staff. The threatening note discovered yesterday morning at the top of a campus stairwell was found by a UPPD officer. UPPD detectives and FBI agents are interviewing all those who were seen on school security cameras using the restroom prior to Wednesday's discovery of .22-caliber bullets. The FBI is assisting UPPD with forensics on all of the evidence collected.
Highland Park High School will be open Friday with regular hours. There will be a heavy police presence on campus, and officers will have metal detectors available for searches if necessary.
North Texas Crime Stoppers is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the recent threats. The $10,000 is a combination of $5,000 from Crime Stoppers and $5,000 HPISD and parent donors.
UPPD urges anyone who has information about these occurrences to contact the department at (214) 987-5354.
Until an arrest or arrests have been made in conjunction with these threats and disruptions, UPPD will do everything it can to assure that the high school campus is safe and that school classes and activities are conducted as routinely as possible.
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