Increased law enforcement presence expected Tuesday for Orangefield Independent School District

Published 4:22 pm Monday, May 13, 2024

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VIDOR — There will be an increased law enforcement presence at Orangefield Independent School District schools on Tuesday as law enforcement continues the investigation into Monday’s potential threat.

Superintendent Dr. Shaun McAlpin did not elaborate on the threat but said it impacted all three campuses as they are in close proximity.

School officials contacted law enforcement Monday when they learned of the threat and a lock down was initiated.

Afterward law enforcement was there to help students get safely to buses.

Orange Mayor Larry Spears Jr. said via social media he is thankful for every member of local law enforcement, first responders, dispatchers and state troopers for the way the situation was handled.

He also offered thanks to teachers, staff and administrators at OISD for providing a safe space for students.

The potential threat at OISD schools was deemed not credible early Monday afternoon, per law enforcement.

Vidor Police Chief Rod Carroll said authorities received a call for mutual assistance regarding a possible active shooter at Orangefield schools, at which time VPD offered assistance.

The threats impacted OISD and all of the schools were placed on lockdown just after 1 p.m. Monday.

Orange County Sheriff’s Office and VPD checked the schools and nothing credible was found.

School district leaders announced at 11:30 a.m. that schools would be released early due to the threat of inclement weather.

Release times were staggered in order to have the older siblings at home when the younger siblings were released, according to the district.

Law enforcement assisted the school district and investigated the threat, then assisted with getting students to their buses.