GALVESTON, Texas (FOX 26) - Parents lined up around Galveston's Ball High School after a student was reported with a gun on campus on Tuesday morning. Galveston Independent School District Police Department then placed Ball High School on a "precautionary" lockdown.
A concerned student reported knowledge of an alleged weapon on campus at approximately 9:58 a.m. Tuesday morning. Galveston police then put the campus on lockdown. Officers reported that a 25-caliber handgun without ammunition was retrieved.
Lockdown was officially lifted at 10:01am. Officials told parents, "We encourage parents to allow their student to remain on campus as to not interrupt the educational process; however, if you choose to pick up your student you have the option to do so."
School officials reported that an investigation is underway, and issued this statement on their website:
Dear GISD Stakeholders,
Galveston Independent School District is committed to providing a safe environment for students, staff, and visitors. In our effort to keep an open line of communication following today’s lockdown at Ball High School, I am writing to remind you of the safety measures that were taken this morning and those that have already been in place.
GISD Chief of Police, LeeRoy Amador, has increased police and security presence on all campuses throughout GISD. Today specifically, we took extra security measures by reaching out to the City of Galveston Police Department and Galveston County Sheriff’s Department to ask for their assistance in providing an extra layer of police presence at Ball High School.
As information became available, we used the Blackboard Mass Communication System, Galveston ISD website and Facebook to quickly update BHS parents on the status of the lockdown.
Every parent who has a child attending Galveston ISD schools is automatically signed up to receive messages through the Blackboard Mass Communication System. However, it is up to the parent to keep the school informed of any new changes regarding address, email, phone numbers or additional emergency contacts.
In order for the Blackboard Mass Communication System to be effective, Galveston ISD must have accurate contact information for all parents. Without current contact information, the Blackboard Mass Communication System will not be able to make the necessary contacts in the event of an emergency. Whenever a parent changes a home phone number, cell phone number or e-mail address, they need to notify their child’s school so the information can be updated.
Entering the 2018-2019 school year, all GISD campus staff were trained on the following safety drills; Evacuation (Fire Drill), Lock Down, Lock Out, Shelter in Place and Reverse Evacuation. GISD requires one Evacuation (Fire Drill) per month and two drills per semester for Lock Down, Lock Out, Shelter in Place and Reverse Evacuation. Each campus is responsible for providing documentation for all drills performed.
See Something, Say Something
Today’s incident was quickly brought to the attention of Ball High School staff and was resolved in less than an hour thanks to the brave students that came forward with information.
Whether it is a post on social media or suspicious behavior, please say something. We strongly encourage students and guardians to report concerns immediately to Galveston ISD PD directly at 409-766-5824, or you have the option to make a report anonymously or leave your contact information on the GISD website at www.gisd.org/tipline
or on the GISD App.
As of this afternoon, this case is still an ongoing investigation. A student was taken into custody, criminally charged with a 3rd degree felony and incarcerated as a juvenile. Four additional students are being questioned and considered persons of interest. Additional information will be provided by the Galveston ISD PD as updates become available.
We take very seriously our obligation to care not only for the academic success but the safety of your children. In an effort to best meet your expectations, please share your comments and suggestions regarding safety/security and communication efforts, using the email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Kelli Moulton
Superintendent of Schools
Galveston Independent School District
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