HISD releases text of threat it received against schools

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Friday, December 18, 2015
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The voicemail says schools will remain in session Thursday, but officers will be conducting random checks at campuses.

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Houston ISD has released text of the threat it was emailed Wednesday against schools in its district.

The HISD police chief called the nature of the threat "over the top." Below is the text emailed to several HISD administrators, including Superintendent Dr. Grier:

The threat ends with Arabic scripture reading, "God is great, God Prophet Mohammed."

As a result of the letter, Houston ISD sent parents an automated phone call last night notifying them of the threat.

"Tonight we received a threat of violence similar to those received this week by districts across the nation, including Los Angeles, New York and Miami," an HISD spokesperson said in the voicemail.

Officials immediately stressed this threat is not credible. But as a precaution, extra police officers were stationed at middle and high schools Thursday morning, and students and parents were asked to remain vigilant.

Some parents, like Stacy Aguirre, chose to keep her two children home.

"Usually if that's going to happen they don't let you know first, but it's just upsetting to hear and I just wanted my babies with me," said Aguirre.

But most other parents sent their kids to school. That included HISD's police chief.

"I have two kids in HISD, and they both went to school today," said Police Chief Robert Mock.

HISD says it will have increased security through Friday.

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