Texas school district SHUT DOWN after cops foil copycat shooter's plans to open fire on campus
Cops have reportedly found an AK-47 and target list in a suspect's home
A school in southern Texas, Donna Independent School District, has been shut down until next week as police investigate a shooting plot that allegedly involved an AK-47 and a list of targeted students. The AK-47 and the list of targeted students were found by law enforcement officers in the home of one of the suspects. The threat is under investigation. The district said that classes would be canceled on Wednesday, May 25, and Thursday, May 26, and resume next Tuesday following the Memorial Day holiday.
Officials in Donna Independent School District, a small community in the Rio Grande Valley, issued the shutdown order late on May 25, a day after the Texas gunman massacred 19 children and two teachers at the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, about 300 miles north. "We've received a credible threat of violence that is currently under investigation,' the Donna Independent School District said in a statement. 'In light of the recent events and in an abundance of caution, we will be canceling school district-wide and staff will work from home. The safety and security of our students and staff are our first priority. Classes will resume on Tuesday morning,” the shutdown order letter read.
Dear Donna ISD Community,— Donna ISD (@Donna_ISD) May 26, 2022
Please read the following statement. pic.twitter.com/oWNhUaO3g6
Earlier on, May 25, Donna Independent School District, issued a "Crisis Communication Plan" to ensure the safety and security of the students, faculty, and staff.
On behalf of Donna ISD, we would like to send our heartfelt condolences to the Uvalde community. Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected. Please read message regarding Donna ISD's safety protocols. pic.twitter.com/3K6mHXXxI6— Donna ISD (@Donna_ISD) May 25, 2022
A source familiar with the matter told that two to three people were involved in the foiled plot to open fire at a campus. Donna ISD superintendent Angela Dominguez said she cannot comment on the details of the situation, but confirmed they will be shutting down and said they are taking action out of an abundance of caution.
Canceled school days will impact a number of end-of-year awards ceremonies and advancement celebrations in Donna's elementary school, according to the school calendar. The district's high school graduation is scheduled for June 3. In a social media post, officials said that the senior class prom, which had been scheduled for Friday with the theme of 'Enchanted Forest' after two years of pandemic disruptions, would be postponed, but not canceled.
The "credible threat" in Donna came just one day after the deadliest Robb Elementary School massacre in the US since the Sandy Hook massacre nearly a decade ago. The gunman identified as, Salvador Rolando Ramos, 18, killed 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary in Uvalde and was killed by police after barricading himself inside a classroom and slaughtering the fourth graders inside.