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:
"Hello there. There is something you should know about, taking place
tomorrow of 12/17/15, Thursday.
My story starts here. I have been bullied every day here, in one of the
district high schools. Just because, I am 'different'. I turned to
religion, to solve my problems, and found faith and comfort in Allah. He
has helped me through a lot. So now, I must help him. He has called upon
me and my fellow comrades to take action against you blasphemers and
non-believers. You have denied Allah for too long. My 46 Jihad
affiliates and I are going to unleash an massacre of epic proportion,
targeting every single school and student in the district. We have an
assorted collection of Kalashnikov rifles, MG240 Light machine guns, RPG
Launchers, .50 Cal Sniper rifles, hand grenades, and to top it off:
suicide vests. We have already planted napalm, propane, and pressure
cooker explosives in multiple schools. They are set to go off in places
that will cause maximum structural damage to each building: for maximum
casualty. First responders will be in for quite the surprise, as we have
highly trained sniper forces straight from Ar Raqqa. We will fight for
our cause tomorrow, and all students in every school in the entire
district will be slaughtered for their blasphemy and unbelief in the one
true God, Allah. You will no longer get away with your dishonesty to our
Allah has called upon us:
Quran (3:56) - "As to those who reject faith, I will punish them with
terrible agony in this world and in the Hereafter, nor will they have
anyone to help."
You will no longer deny the wrath of Allah. He has sent us to serve his
My name is (name redacted). You may not know this name now,
but my name will be known to everyone. I will be known as the one man
who truly saved this earth. For Allah.
And if you think you will stop us, by canceling schools, or perhaps,
adding security, it will not help.
If school is canceled, then there will be bombings regardless of whether
students are there or not, and mass shootings will be taken to the
streets. If security is stepped up, for tomorrow's fatwa, it will not
help. We will take out any police and other security by any means
necessary, even if we go down with them."
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.