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School threats have parents on guard this week

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North Texas school administrators and police continue to be vigilant about any threats or rumors of violence following last week's shootings in Newtown, Conn.

Benbrook police confirm a student from Western Hills High School in the Fort Worth school district brought a gun on campus last Friday. Apparently no one who witnessed the incident reported it. Parents who said their kids told them about it called the school on Monday. School officials and police then interviewed those involved and the student was arrested and suspended from school.

On Wednesday at W. T. White High School in the Dallas school district, a student turned in a gun to a teacher. According to a letter sent to parents from the school, the student said a non-student gave him the backpack and the gun was inside. He immediately took the backpack to a teacher, and the item was secured in a locked area. The student was taken into custody.

Weatherford's alternative campus at WISD (DAEP) was locked down briefly Wednesday because a 15-year-old male student allegedly made threats during a discussion about the issues he was having at school. He left school without permission after making those threats so school resources officers issued the lockdown as a precaution. The teen was later detained, taken to a juvenile detention center and charged with making a terroristic threat.

Midlothian ISD posted a note on its Facebook page on Wednesday about a "communication related to school safety." Police investigated and "found no credible threat," according to the district's page.

In Aledo on Tuesday there was an incident on the Daniel Ninth Grade Campus that required "disciplinary action to ensure the safety of all students." School administrators said afterward students shared a lot of false information and rumors that caused anxiety and fear. They sent a letter home to parents saying they were "doing everything possible to maintain a safe learning environment for all students."

Frisco police arrested a teen at Centennial High School for making threats via Twitter earlier in the week. "It's unknown whether the student had the means to carry out the threat; however, the alarm he caused school officials, as well as the public was sufficient to meet the elements of the offense," police said.

Many parents have said they don't intend to take chances and will have their children stay home because of the threats and rumors of violence.

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