The Wharton Independent School District reported on its Facebook page that a threat had been made to all of its campuses in Wharton.
The post was made Monday, Jan. 27 at 8:55 a.m.
It read as follows to all parents: “At this time in an abundance of caution, all campuses have been placed on lockout to prevent any visitors from entering campuses. The source of the threat has not been identified at this time. The WISD Police Department is working with the City of Wharton Police Department to identify the source of the threat. At this time, all students and staff are safely inside the building. We will keep parents and community members updated as we receive additional information.”
Later in the morning, the Wharton Police Department reported that an alleged suspect had been located. WPD reported that it was a juvenile with special needs.
WPD also published a post about the incident. It read in part: “On or about 8:17 hours, the Wharton Police Department received information that a (979) 453-XXXX number text a known person in Lane City, Wharton County, Texas, with an anonymous bomb threat towards an unknown school.
Wharton Police Department was contacted because the tipster’s children attend schools within the City of Wharton. At that moment, we reached to our local law enforcement partners, including Wharton County Junior College staff, to make them aware of the situation, and an investigation ensued. Wharton Police, along with Chief Landy Williams, located the alleged suspect within Wharton High School. Due to the fact he’s a juvenile with special needs, we are not releasing his name at this time.”
The investigation has been passed on to Chief Landy Williams of Wharton ISD for prosecution, according to WISD.
WISD said the following in closing via its Facebook: “Good morning, at 10:08 a.m. on Monday, January 27, 2020, Wharton ISD Police Department has identified and located the source of the threat and at this time we feel that the threat is false and a hoax and the lock out is lifted at 10:08 a.m. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation with keeping our students’ and staff’s safety our top priority. Thank you.