Levelland ISD Superintendent releases statement regarding incident Tuesday at LHS

Superintendent Jeff Northern at Levelland ISD issued a statement Wednesday regarding an incident at Levelland High School on Tuesday.

Northern said near the end of the school day Tuesday, the district’s administration received a report that a Levelland ISD student may have “brought a gun” to the high school.

“Immediately, the district’s administration and resource officers began an investigation into this alleged threat and took direct, and deliberate, measures to ensure the safety of its students and employees,” the statement read.

Northern said the investigation did reveal that a firearm was in fact brought to school by a student.

“Student safety and welfare are of paramount importance to the district and we take every allegation of a school safety violation seriously,” Northern said in the statement released Wednesday. “We believe there is no present danger to our students and schools. Nonetheless, we will continue to take all measures necessary to ensure that its students are educated in a safe learning environment at all of our campuses.”

Northern said that possession of a firearm on school property by a student is an extremely serious violation of the Student Code of Conduct, district policy and is a criminal matter.

“This incident is being treated as such,” Northern said in the statement. “All required actions concerning this matter have been taken by the district and law enforcement. State and federal law prohibit the district from disclosing personally identifiable student information. Therefore, the district cannot provide further information on this matter.”

Northern said the district will continue to fully cooperate with all authorities having jurisdiction over this matter as needed and to the fullest extent permitted by law.

“If a parent or student knows a person who has brought a weapon to school or if other threats to school safety are present, we encourage these individuals to notify the police or school administration immediately,” Northern said in the statement.

“As superintendent of schools, I am very proud of the students, staff and resource officers for the prompt and proactive measures taken in resolving this situation,” Northern concluded.

The full statement issued by Northern can be read below:

As the designated spokesperson and superintendent for the Levelland Independent School District (the “District”), I am issuing the following statement:

On Tuesday, February 23, 2021, near the end of the school day, the District’s administration received a report that a District student may have “brought a gun” to the High School. Immediately, the District’s administration and resource officers began investigating this alleged threat and took direct and deliberate measures to ensure the safety of its students and employees.  The District’s investigation did reveal that a firearm was in fact brought to school by a student.   

Student safety and welfare are of paramount importance to the District, and we take every allegation of a school safety violation seriously. We believe there is no present danger to our students and schools. Nonetheless, we will continue to take all measures necessary to ensure that its students are educated in a safe learning environment at all of our campuses.

Possession of a firearm on school property by a student is an extremely serious violation of the Student Code of Conduct, District policy and is a criminal matter. This incident is being treated as such. All required actions concerning this matter have been taken by the District and law enforcement. State and federal law prohibit the District from disclosing personally identifiable student information. Therefore, the District cannot provide further information on this matter.

The District will continue to fully cooperate with all authorities having jurisdiction over this matter as needed and to the fullest extent permitted by law. If a parent or student knows of a person who has brought a weapon to school or if other threats to school safety are present, we encourage those individuals to notify the police or school administration immediately.

As Superintendent of Schools, I am very proud of the students, staff, and resource officers for the prompt and proactive measures taken in resolving this situation.

Jeff Northern, Superintendent of Schools, Levelland ISD

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