Hudson ISD reconsiders security measures following track attack

Published: May. 9, 2012 at 9:14 PM CDT|Updated: May. 9, 2012 at 10:43 PM CDT
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HUDSON, TX (KTRE) - Hudson ISD is re-evaluating campus security after a parent was attacked Monday on the walking track.

"Anytime there's a case like this, you always go back to the drawing board to see what we can do better to make sure citizens are safe, our kids are safe. So, we'll revisit that," said Hudson High School Assistant Principal, John Courtney.

Around two p.m., the woman says a man came from behind and fondled her. The woman managed to break free and call 911.

For Hudson ISD Police Chief, Michael Daniel, it's a reminder to never let your guard down, especially when you're alone.

"That was one of the situations here, listening to some headphones and probably never even heard anything around until the suspect was right there at her," said Daniel.

Police arrived almost as quickly as the attack happened. So for school officials, they justify never calling parents.

"A lot of times, notifying parents can cause more alarm. And so, we felt like the situation was taken care of. We took appropriate measures with our students to make sure they were in a safe place," Courtney.

Students were never placed on lock down, however, access to the figure eight track is now limited. Law enforcement and school officials agree that for the safety of everyone, it was best to shut down the track during school hours for the remainder of this school year.

"It's a large area over there, and it is hard for us to get over there and keep it patrolled all day and do our daily stuff," said Daniel.

Authorities are still searching for the suspect. The suspect was last seen on State Highway 94, near the baseball fields. The walking track will be open after school. Those utilizing the track are urged to use caution.

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