PITTSBURG (KYTX) - The Pittsburg School district was placed in lockdown for just over an hour Tuesday, after a threat notification from the FBI.
PIttsburg Superintendent Judy Pollan tells CBS19, the actual notification of the threat came from the FBI office in San Francisco and was sent to the FBI in Texarkana.
Pollan said at 9:15 a.m., the school came off lockdown.
Pollan issued the following letter to staff and parents:
This morning, October 14, 2014, an FBI agent from the Texarkana office contacted the Pittsburg ISD Police Department this morning to advise the district of a threat that had been picked up on the internet by the FBI office in San Francisco, California. The threat said that someone was going to shoot up Pittsburg School. It did not say any specific campus. Pittsburg, Texas schools went into lockdown during first period in order to insure the safety of our students. Shortly after 9:00 A.M., the FBI agent called our PISD Police Chief, Tyrone Rogers, to tell him we could go off lockdown. There is a Pittsburg High School near San Francisco, California. The spelling is the same. It appears that the evidence has led to the threat being toward another school, not Pittsburg, Texas. Apparently student names were listed, also. None of those students were Pittsburg, Texas students.
As the word got out in the community, parents were allowed to pick up their children if they so desired. As the parents entered the school, they were screened in order to protect the safety of all students. I want to commend the entire staff of Pittsburg ISD for going into our emergency plan. We are so fortunate to have four certified police officers on our staff, as well as several other security personnel. Our principals did exactly what they were supposed to do. Students were in their classrooms with instruction going on during this time.
LET ME ASSURE YOU THAT WE TOOK THIS AS A VIABLE THREAT AND CERTAINLY MADE IT OUR TOP PRIORITY TO PROTECT OUR STUDENTS AND STAFF. WE ARE EXTREMELY THANKFUL THAT THE THREAT PROVED NOT TO BE TOWARD PITTSBURG, TEXAS ISD.