SAPD: Safe to send children to school despite threatening emails

SAPD: Safe to send children to school despite threatening emails

SAPD: Safe to send children to school despite threatening emails

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by James Muñoz / KENS 5

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Posted on April 23, 2014 at 9:33 AM

SAN ANTONIO -- Authorities are evaluating an unspecified threat made to a San Antonio elementary school and trying to trace the source.

Some parents have chosen to keep their children home from school even though they will be unexcused absences. Area school districts are urging parents to set aside fear, worry and anxiety and get their children to class.

SAPD released the following statement on their Facebook page: 

We are continuing to evaluate the threat with our local and federal law enforcement partners. The information gathered leads us to believe the threat is not credible, but due to the serious nature of the threat, we are taking nothing for granted. We encourage parents to operate within their own comfort levels, but all indications thus far are that it is completely safe to send your children to school. As information develops, we will continue to update. We do continue to encourage the public to call into our tip line at 225-TIPS (8477) and give any information you may have, even if you think it may be insignificant.

Pascual Gonzalez, spokesperson for the Northside ISD, said even though it may be a hoax the district is treating it like it's real.

"We need children to be at school," Gonzalez said. "Today and tomorrow are important days at school because of STAAR testing days. In the end, the parents have to make their own decision about what they're going to do. We are open, we want kids to be at school on these days and we're going to do everything we can to keep them safe."

Gonzalez said the community is the most important asset. It's important for people to keep their ears and eyes open and to report anything suspicious. The City of Alamo Heights is the latest agency to send out information regarding the email threat.

KENS 5 has decided not to publish the email except to report it alludes to violence on April 24.

Alamo Heights said in an email: "Everything possible is being done to safeguard all schools in the City of Alamo Heights, public, or private, as well as the students and faculty members in attendance."

Anyone with information can call the SAPD at (210) 225-TIPS (8477) or the Alamo Heights Police Department at (210) 832-2204.

NEISD reported 96 percent attendance at their elementary school Tuesday, Aubrey Chancellor said, the NEISD spokeswoman. Chancellor also said they got around two dozen calls about the attendance policy. 

Leslie Price with SAISD said their district reported a 96 percent attendance rate at their elementary schools. 

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