Tip of shooting threat at LHHS ‘not credible’
By SHELLY WILKISON
Liberty Hill ISD officials say an anonymous tip to law enforcement about a possible shooting at Liberty Hill High School Wednesday proved to be “not credible.”
LHISD Human Resources Director Bob Mabry told The Independent that Williamson County Sheriff’s officers arrived at the school just after school started Wednesday to question a male juvenile student in response to an anonymous tip officers had received by email.
“There is no evidence at this time that a threat was made,” Mabry said.
He added that the student and his parents were questioned at the school by law enforcement. No arrest had been made Wednesday afternoon.
Mabry said the student was cooperating with law enforcement in response to the tip, which was about a possible shooting.
He added that no gun was found in the student’s possession.
“Students were not in danger today, and there was no lockdown,” Mabry said.
Mabry, who is the district’s designated spokesperson in such situations, said that although he never spoke to the student himself, that the student “was surprised that someone believed he was capable of making such a threat.
“There was no credibility to this tip, but we don’t discourage anyone from reporting something that seems suspicious,” he added. “We take every threat seriously, and we share them with law enforcement.”
Mabry, who served as LHHS Principal from 2008 to 2016, said he could “count on one hand” the number of incidents that could have been perceived as a threat to the school during his tenure in LHISD. At no time has a gun been found in a student’s possession on campus, he said.
In the aftermath of a shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14, Mabry said Liberty Hill school personnel have reviewed the emergency policies and procedures in place on each campus.
“Things like this cause anxiety,” he said, adding that he believes current procedures are effective when it comes to keeping students and staff safe.
“We pursue any tip we get,” Mabry said.
Principal Mario Bye sent an email to high school parents about 11:30 a.m. informing them that everyone was safe and there was no threat to the school.
Anonymous tips are accepted on the school district’s website — www.LibertyHill.txed.net — on the LHHS and Liberty Hill Junior High pages.