Officials: School threat just a rumor

Possible threat causes concern with parents

GALENA PARK, Texas - A threat at local school district that caused quite a bit of concern with parents turned out to be nothing more than a rumor, officials said.

Officials with the Galena Park Independent School District said more than 100 people called after word spread via text message Friday of a possible shooting at the schools.

"Some of the people said there was supposed to be some people coming to shoot up the cafeteria," said 11th-grader Ana Sanchez.

The district said the rumors were untrue and that no campuses were placed on lockdown. But that didn't stop Ana's mom, along with several other parents, from picking their children up from school early.

Friday's threat came just two days after a student brought a gun to North Shore High School. Precinct 3 deputy constables said they got reports that the boy was going to harm himself, so they handcuffed him and escorted him out of the school, not realizing at the time he still had a weapon.

Investigators said the boy pulled the gun from under his own shirt and shot himself in the head while he was in the patrol car.

Ana said the latest shooting rumors just added to the fear she has walking onto campus.

"I've never been through this kind of stuff," said Ana.

Galena Park officials said even though Friday's threats were only rumors, parents could pick their children up early if they wanted to.

Precinct 3 deputy constables said that because of the threat, rumor or not, they increased patrols around the schools.

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