Kenneth Estes

Alvarado ISD Superintendent Kenneth Estes addresses guests at the Alvarado Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Wednesday.

 

 

A threatening message written in a girl’s bathroom at the Alvarado Intermediate School on Wednesday was determined by school officials to hold no validity.

The Alvarado ISD and Alvarado police departments worked together on Wednesday to quickly narrow their search for the students responsible.

AISD Superintendent Kenneth Estes further addressed the matter at the Alvarado Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Thursday after Wednesday’s incident prompted rumors of other threats.

“I need to address a few things you may or may not be aware of that happened this morning,” he said. “We had some threats that were not necessarily made, but there were rumors that there were threats made. 

“We actually had a threat yesterday at our intermediate school. It was unsubstantiated and not credible, but that turned into that there were threats across several school districts.”

Estes said safety and security are paramount to Alvarado ISD.

“That is acknowledged by the addition of the police force this year,” he said. “We love and care about our kiddos and our educators and we want to make sure they are safe. If there is ever an issue, you are certainly going to know about it. We are going to communicate by all means necessary.”

The ISD began using an anonymous reporting app — Say Something — last year.

“Students or parents or community members can go on it and make a report of any kind of concern,” he said. “We get reports daily and, in fact, we got one just a couple of weeks ago of a student that might be thinking about taking their own life. That report came in at 3 o’clock in the morning. There was a response to that immediately. 

“There is a partnership between us, the city of Alvarado and the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office. We want all community members to let us know and we will turn the information over to those who need it.”

Say Something can be downloaded for free on Google Play and the Apple App store.

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