orangeleader.com (Orange, Texas)

October 29, 2013

Local schools forced to relocate, lockdown students

Tommy Mann Jr.
The Orange Leader

VIDOR — Classes were interrupted at two area schools following the requests from law enforcement agencies to start the school week.

Students at Vidor Junior High School and Orangefield High School had their classes interrupted as local enforcement agencies called the evacuation of students at one campus and for the other campus to be placed on lockdown.

Students at Vidor Junior High School were evacuated from all classrooms to the junior high school’s football stadium after the Vidor Independent School District Police Department called for the action at 9:32 a.m., Tuesday.

According to Sally Andrews, Vidor ISD Community Relations, a student found a note and turned it in to school staff.

“We had a student who apparently found a very vague, but threatening note apparently written by another student,” Andrews explained. “The student turned the note in and the school did what it was supposed to do. The note was not very specific, but administrators and police evacuated the students to the football stadium until a search was completed.”

Students returned to classes at 10:30 a.m. and resumed normal schedules.

All three campuses in the Orangefield Independent School District were placed on lockdown on Monday after administrators received word of a potential criminal suspect in the area from law enforcement officers.

“Our lockdown was purely precautionary,” said Dr. Stephen Patterson, Orangefield ISD superintendent. “We received word there could be a suspect in the area, so we placed all campuses on lockdown. We’re fortunate enough to be in the unique situation that all of our schools so close to one another so we can address a situation like this. It was very uneventful, which is the way we like it.”

The lockdown was lifted after approximately one hour.