That's a lot of lunch money
Crimestoppers and Highland Park ISD have joined forces to raise a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those responsible for the rash of recent threats at Highland Park High School. The reward also includes donations from parents.
The increasing reward seems to reflect a growing seriousness about stopping what has been a mounting problem and a nuisance at the school.
There have been a handful of bomb threats at the campus since January, and classes have been canceled twice. In those instances, law enforcement, including the bomb squad and FBI agents, swept the campus but did not find any weaponry.
Although the consensus of parents and district employees alike is that this is an elaborate hoax, tension in the community is at an all-time high.
The high school was put on lockdown February 27 after a box of .22-caliber bullets were found in a boys bathroom. Classes were dismissed around noon. The very next day, yet another threatening letter was found on campus, this time at the top of a staircase. It was the fifth suspicious missive in 2013, but it did not cause a campus closure or lockdown. In an email to parents, principal Walter Kelly characterized the letter as an empty threat.
We believe it is imperative that we not give in to repeated threats. We acknowledge the stress and anxiety that this has caused for our students, staff and families. Our top priority is to keep everyone on our campus safe and secure. The building has been repeatedly searched and determined to be safe. Armed police officers have been on campus all day. We are aggressively pursuing resolution in this series of highly disruptive events.
Campus security, University Park Police and the FBI have been investigating the series of escalating threats this week and have conducted interviews with a number of students.
Tips may be submitted by phone at 1-877-373-TIPS (8477) or online 24 hours a day.
Those interested in contributing to the reward fund should email assistant superintendent Tim Turner at email@example.com.