LUMBERTON — Lumberton Police and multiple law enforcement agencies responded to a telephone threat at about noon that resulted in a lockdown of all LISD campuses, ending with the lockdown lifted and no actual threat or person making the threat found, according to Lumberton Police Chief Danny Sullins and Lumberton ISD.
Nederland ISD dealt with a similar threatening call earlier Wednesday, also resulting in lockdowns but no actual threat or person making the threat found, according to Nederland Police Chief Gary Porter, but resulting in a greater presence of law enforcement at NISD campuses throughout the day.
Chief Sullins says a caller made a threat toward Lumberton High School and LMS campuses. He says there were lockdowns and a shelter-in-place at all LISD campuses in an abundance of caution. He says the call came from the same out-of-state phone number as the Nederland call.
Lumberton PD, Sour Lake and Silsbee PD, Hardin County S.O. and other agencies worked together to search campuses and ensure the safety of students and staff.
"Everyone did a great job working together," said Chief Sullins.
"All campuses are back to normal operations and we are cooperating with law enforcement as we believe this entire incident was a hoax," said LISD in a statement. "We will continue to update the community with more information as it becomes available. Law enforcement will maintain a greater presence at our campuses for the remainder of the day. LISD thanks all local law enforcement for the quick response and attention to the safety of our staff and students."
Chief Sullins says although the situation ended with the best possible outcome, it's important to note that the caller's actions tied up law enforcement officers for a period of time.
Making such a call is a Terroristic Threat that can result in jail time and a large fine.