Lufkin PD: Area school threats appear to be 'hoax'

Lufkin PD: Area school threats appear to be 'hoax'

ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Law enforcement in Angelina County are remaining vigilant against any potential security threats as Americans mark the 14th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Lufkin Police dispatch has received dozens of calls in the last several hours concerning a "mass shooting threat" at Lufkin Independent School District. "Any threat of violence - especially involving the safety of our children - is taken extremely seriously and investigated swiftly," said Jessica Pebsworth, Lufkin PD spokeswoman. "These statements appear to be nothing more than rumors circulating Facebook and Twitter regarding all area schools."

As of Friday morning, the Angelina County Sheriff's Office says it has not received any credible threats to security at area schools. The sheriff's office is monitoring social media posts and is in contact with other area agencies, according to Lt. Ray Stubbs.

Pebsworth said police investigators would continue monitoring the situation, but they did not believe there is a safety threat at any area school. "A hoax like this one is so effective because of that knee-jerk reaction every parent has regarding the safety of their child."

Patrols around school zones will be stepped-up Friday, along with officers at school campuses, according to Pebsworth.

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