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West Brook High School, Beaumont United lockdowns lifted following back-to-back threats

Beaumont United and West Brook received threats Monday that prompted the two lockdowns.

BEAUMONT, Texas — West Brook High School and Beaumont United have both now been given the all clear after the report of uncreditable threats Monday.

“Beaumont United administrators received a phone call making a threat against the campus that included a bomb and weapons on school grounds,” the district said in a release. “Campus administrators and the BISD police department immediately responded by initiating a lockdown while BISD police and other local law enforcement agencies BPD, Fire Marshall and ATF assessed the situation.”

Beaumont United has since lifted its lockdown according to school officials. A BISD spokesperson tells 12News just after Beaumont United’s lockdown was lifted, another threat was reported, this time aimed at West Brook High. 

First responders left Beaumont United rushing to West Brook High School. West Brook High was put on lockdown as the school’s police department and other agencies assess the situation. 

According to a news release from the school, CrimeStoppers contacted the school’s administration with a tip saying that a student was photographed with a weapon in the West Brook locker room.  

A school spokesperson tells 12News investigators identified the student, but that student did not have a gun on them. Investigators believe the photo may have been doctored.

No threats were found at either campus.

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From a Beaumont ISD news release concerning West Brook High School:

Here is what was just sent to parents via the call out system… We’ll keep you guys posted.

West Brook H.S. is currently on lockdown due to information received regarding a possible threat. Our police department along with other local agencies are currently assessing the situation and additional information will be forthcoming. We ask that parents avoid going to the campus as no one will be allowed in or out of the buildings. We will advise when an all-clear is given.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

 From a Beaumont ISD news release concerning Beaumont United: 

Late Monday morning, Beaumont United administrators received a phone call making a threat against the campus that included a bomb and weapons on school grounds. Campus administrators and the BISD police department immediately responded by initiating a lockdown while BISD police and other local law enforcement agencies BPD, Fire Marshall and ATF assessed the situation. 

The campus alerted parents via the emergency call-out system advising that the campus was on lockdown and asked parents to avoid the area while the investigation was in progress. Authorities searched in and around the campus and found no threat. Classes will resume as normal for the remainder of the day.

We take any and all threats made regarding our campuses and students very seriously. As the safety and security of everyone in our buildings is a number one priority. Beaumont ISD Police Officers are continuing to investigate the source of the threat and encourage anyone with information to contact 409-617-7000.

Written by Raegan Gibson, KBMT (12NewsNow)

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