School officials are investigating after a teacher at Taylor High School found a student’s notebook and became concerned after reading what’s being described as “dark writing”. Steve Stanford with the Katy I-S-D would not give specifics about the contents of the notebook but did say given the teen’s history and looking at social media postings police were called in to do a further investigation. Administrators also said in a letter to parents that there was never a specific threat to the school, or any person on campus.
Superintendent Alton Frailey sent out the following letter to parents letting them know of the situation yesterday.
Dear Katy ISD Community and Staff,
This morning I was made aware of information gathered by the Katy ISD Police Department of a credible, but non-specific, risk to the health and safety of students. Although no specific threat was made, a person of interest, who is a student at Taylor High School, was taken into custody because of information gathered by our police department. This information includes journal writings and social media postings. We are working in conjunction with local and federal law enforcement agencies and the student’s parents, and at this time we believe that the risk has been abated, but the investigation will continue. Should developments warrant further communication, we will keep you apprised of the situation.
The purpose of this message is not to alarm you, but to let you know that potential threats are always taken seriously. Whenever potential threats are brought to the attention of the District, we will work with area law enforcement to determine its credibility and take the appropriate measures to ensure the safety of all students and staff.
I would also like to stress the important role we all have in keeping our students and schools safe. Research shows that in cases involving school violence, someone knew something about the threat but never alerted anyone. Please take this time to talk to your children about the important role we all have in keeping our schools safe by reporting potential threats to the proper authorities.
The safety and security of students and staff members on our campuses is of the highest priority and by working together we can ensure that we provide safe teaching and learning environments. Further, I remind all of our students, staff and visitors at our campuses to be aware of their surroundings and report any suspicious activity, person or thing to the Katy ISD Police at 281-237-4000. Information may also be reported anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477).
Superintendent, Katy ISD
The Katy I-S-D Police Department says the teen has been removed from the campus but no charges have been filed as of yet.