The Little Elm High School lockdown that occurred for a short period of time on Wednesday morning was the result of a rumor that a student intended on bringing a gun to school. According to a report from CBS Local, a freshman who attended Little Elm High School allegedly made the threat on Facebook.
In a statement, the Little Elm Independent School District said the student made comments to other classmates that he was going to bring a gun to school. Officials at the school are now saying that the threat was done in response to bullying. After the students heard the threat, they contacted police, who then issued the Little Elm lockdown which lasted approximately an hour and 40 minutes.
“We got reports that a freshman student who attends Little Elm High School had made threats on social media,” said Little Elm City Manager Matt Mueller. “The school is going to err on the side of caution anytime we have a situation like this.”
Although initial reports claimed the threat was posted on Facebook, this turned out to be false, officials said.
Mueller said the student, whose identity has not been released, was counted absent for first period while police searched for him.
“The school was put in lockdown as a precaution while the student who was involved in the allegation could be located. Under the advisement of the Little Elm Police Department that is currently on site, the school remains in lockdown at this time.”
A spokesperson for Little Elm ISD reported that the lockdown was lifted at 11:30 a.m. following confirmation that the student was found. Reportedly, he was in Dallas with his mother on Wednesday and did not attend class.
"She volunteered to bring him up here to clear up the incident and get his side of the story., so until we hear more from him, we'll know if any action will be taken on our part," Little Elm Police Chief Waylan Rhodes said.
Although police thoroughly searched the high school while it was locked down, no weapon was discovered.
"I'm glad everything turned out better than it could have gone," said Laura Warner, a senior at Little Elm High School.