NEDERLAND, Texas — A phone threat police forced students and staff at Nederland High School to go on lockdown for more than an hour Wednesday morning.
After the school received a threat via a phone call, Nederland Police were immediately contacted and responded to the school according to a news release from the Nederland Independent School District.
The response was a joint effort between the Nederland Police Department, Port Neches Police Department, Groves Police Department, Jefferson County Sherriff’s Office and the Texas Department of Public Safety.
At 11:00 a.m., Nederland High School will resume normal operating procedures. For the remainder of the day, there will be an increased law enforcement presence around the campus
Officials noted that officials believe the call was a prank but said anyone found responsible would be prosecuted.
A caller to the school said they were going to show up and shoot up the school according to Nederland Police Chief Gary Porter.
“Right now there's no evidence this was a credible threat. It's looking more and more likely this was a bogus threat,” Porter told 12News.
No arrests have been made at this time, Porter said.
All students and staff are safe at this time according to the district.
From a Nederland ISD news release...
On the morning of January 19th, Nederland High School received a threat via phone call to the front office. The NHS school resource officer had communication with the caller. NHS was immediately put on lockdown and the Nederland Police Department was contacted. The response was a joint effort between the Nederland Police Department, Port Neches Police Department, Groves Police Department, Jefferson County Sherriff’s Office, and the Texas Department of Public Safety. The threat was determined to be non-credible and the lockdown has been lifted. At 11:00am Nederland High School will resume normal operating procedures. For the remainder of the day, there will be an increased law enforcement presence around the campus. As always, the safety of our faculty, students, and staff is our top priority. We appreciate the cooperation of our school community.
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