The Hockley County Sheriff’s Office released information Monday afternoon regarding an incident that occurred at Smyer ISD earlier in the day Monday.
According to the sheriff’s department around 12:25 p.m. Monday, the office was notified of a possible threat called in by an individual to Smyer ISD. Smyer administration placed campuses on lockdown and the buildings were secured until law enforcement arrived.
Hockley County Sheriff’s deputies, along with officers with the Levelland Police Department and Texas Highway Patrol responded to the area and established a perimeter around the campus to prevent individuals and vehicles from approaching.
The area in and around the school was searched and secured and no threat was located. In consultation with Smyer ISD administration and following a search by law enforcement, the all clear was given, the lockdown was lifted and the school day resumed.
Parents received appropriate notifications from campus officials and law enforcement remains on scene to provide security for any reunification and release of students through the end of the school day.
“Safety and security of students, staff and faculty are of the utmost priority and school officials took swift action to protect all in the campus buildings,” read a Facebook post by the sheriff’s office Monday afternoon. “Law enforcement responded quickly and secured the area in and around the campuses.”
The sheriff’s office noted that the investigation into the incident continues as investigators work to identify any responsible parties and file appropriate charges related to the incident.