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School officials report nothing out of the ordinary

Local schools in session despite threats

Local school districts dealt with a threat on Thursday that was sent to several districts in an email.
Local school districts dealt with a threat on Thursday that was sent to several districts in an email.

Local school districts dealt with a threat on Thursday that was sent to several districts in an email.

The email detailed that there would be an attack against an area elementary school on April 24.

However, on Thursday district officials said nothing out of the ordinary happened during the school day and that all of the students that came to school were safe.

They did however report a significant number of students out on Thursday.

Northside ISD reported an attendance rate of 57 percent Thursday. A typical school day sees an attendance rate of 95 percent.

School officials did take extra precautions Thursday, from locking all their doors, to having campus police patrol the schools.

San Antonio Police Chief William McManus also made the rounds Thursday morning, stopping off at area elementary schools to reassure parents that the threat was not credible and that the schools were safe.

Parents at Boone Elementary said they were confident taking their children to school, knowing that the San Antonio Police Department and school officials had a plan in place to protect their kids.

However, they said they were stunned by how many students did not show up on Thursday.

"I was very surprised by how many people were truly scared about what could happen," said Eddy Candeles, a parent who took her kids to school. "The Head Start Program has four or five classes at this school and when I got here today, I found there were only seven students present today."

"A lot of our kids were gone, but we had some great volunteers, dads that volunteered and kept our kids safe," said Heather Crafton, a school employee and parent. "The police were there all week and I felt confident going to work and bringing my kids to school."


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