The Fort Worth police have confirmed that no weapon was discovered inside Arlington Heights High School on Thursday, despite initial reports of a potential threat on campus.
According to authorities, Fort Worth ISD initiated a lockdown at the school at approximately 10 a.m. following a student’s report to a campus monitor about a perceived sighting of an individual carrying a firearm inside the premises.
Officer Daniel Segura of the Fort Worth Police Department commended the students for following the correct protocol. “We tell them, ‘If you see something, say something,'” he stated.
Fort Worth police, along with K-9 units, officers, and district personnel, conducted a thorough search of the campus, even including the school’s roof.
No weapon was discovered during the search.
According to district spokesperson Cesar Padilla, a student was taken into custody by authorities, though it remains unclear as to why or if they are still being held.
Padilla emphasized, “Ensuring the safety of our campus is our foremost concern. Once we received the tip, swift action was taken.” Over a dozen parents hurried to the school to pick up their children.
The district released these students to their guardians during lunchtime. Padilla expressed his understanding for the concerns of these parents, saying, “I truly empathize with them.”
At this point, it remains uncertain whether there was a credible threat, but students report that speculation is circulating on social media.
This is a developing story that will be updated when more information is available.