Only a couple weeks into the school year and sadly we have to report another bizzare school shooting.
Alpine, Texas police are confirming that a female shooter opened fire at Alpine High School early Thursday morning. The school, as well and the whole district, is currently on lockdown.
The Brewster County Sheriff’s Office originally reported that one person was shot and as many as two gunmen were on the loose. But the latest reports, according to the Alpine Avalanche, suggest that a 14-year-old female shooter opened fire inside the school wounding one student before apparently killing herself.
But according to Local Alpine News reports, a “federal agent” was also shot inside the school in a “friendly fire” incident, so it seems there may have been some sort of shootout with the suspect. According to Brewster County Attorney J. Steven Houston, during the investigation, a Homeland Security Officer was also shot in the leg by a second Homeland Security officer.
It’s unclear if another gunman is still on the loose, but Big Bend Medical Center and Sul Ross State University were placed on lockdown after both locations received bomb threats.
Alpine is a small Texas town near the Mexican border with only 5,900 residents. It’s about 200 miles southeast of El Paso near Big Bend National Park.
Sul Ross State University Placed on Lockdown
Just minutes after the shooting, Brewster County Sheriff Dodson says they received a threat against Sul Ross State University, which is also in Alpine. Authorities are being dispatched to the University which has been placed on Lockdown.
Christian Escobar, afootball coach at Sul Ross State University tweeted out the University’s lockdown warning:
SRSU LOCKDOWN! Please be safe! pic.twitter.com/agFT0RfT4E
— Christian Escobar (@Flick12_) September 8, 2016
According to Travis Bubenik, Morning Host and Reporter for 93.5 FM in Far West Texas, someone called into the Brewster County Sheriff’s Department and made threats against the University. The Sherriff says a note was also found at a nearby hotel warning that there was a bomb at the school.
Poncho Nevárez, State Representative for District 74 in Texas, confirmed the threat on Sul Ross State University on his Twitter Page.
Spoke w Sheriff Dodson situation at high school tragic but under control threat made to Sul Ross. They are taking all precautions
— Rep. Poncho Nevárez (@poncho_nevarez) September 8, 2016
— Travis Bubenik (@traviswesttx) September 8, 2016
Teaching your child to respond to School Shootings And School Emergencies
Emergency Preparedness is something that has to be talked about in advance; once something bad happens, most children will be severely impacted by stress and fear; they will more than likely freeze up in the face of danger.
Preparing your child for disasters and threats means preparing them to face these threats by themselves and without your help, this is especially true if your child attends public school. If you have a child in the public school system you need to sit down and have a serious talk with them — you should also probably reconsider your choice of sending them to public school.
Here are some articles that will help you teach them how to prepare for the realities of the world they live in.
- Teaching your child to survive Active School Shooter Situations
- Surviving Mass Shootings and Active Shooter Situations
- Preparing your child to face disasters and emergency situations at School
- How to Make sure your kids are ready to face Disasters
- Dorm Room Preparedness: How to be prepared while away at college