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Sheriff: Joaquin school threat not real

JOAQUIN, TX (KTRE) - An incident involving a report of a child seeing an armed man on a Joaquin Elementary campus is "not a real deal," according to the sheriff.

Sheriff Willis Blackwell said an investigation showed the initial report was fictitious.

Phil Worsham, the Joaquin ISD superintendent, said district officials and law enforcement erred on the side of caution. All of buildings on the elementary campus were checked, he said.

"We had to verify everything to make sure and be on the safe side," Worsham said. "We feel like everything went well."

Worsham said after things settled down a bit, he met with his principals and discussed what happened.

"We asked questions like, 'What did we learn?' and 'What can we do better?'" Worsham said.

Shelby County deputies were in the area of Joaquin after a student reported seeing a man walking around the elementary school campus with an AK-47 Friday afternoon.

Sheriff Willis Blackwell said deputies were talking to a student who ran into the school saying she saw a white man wearing a black hoodie with the gun.

Blackwell said the student said the man ran toward State Highway 84.

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