Arrest made following school lockdown
Jacksboro Middle School was under lockdown for less than an hour Tuesday afternoon.
School officials decided to go into lockdown following an incident that occurred while the 6th grade boys were having PE on the school’s football field.
According to a narrative written by Student Resource Officer Matt Windham and information from Superintendent Dwain Milam, a 19-year-old male on West College Street was enticed by students on the football field which caused a verbal disturbance.
The suspect was yelling profanities at the students and made gestures implying he may have a weapon.
“The guy comes across the street and steps up on the rock retaining wall and pulled up his shirt to make them think he had a weapon,” Milam said.
The coach started sending the students back to the building and told the man to leave which he did.
“We just felt, there’s something not right about this so we’re going to play it safe,” Milam said.
After Windham was contacted by a school administrator shortly after 1 p.m., the decision to lock down the school was made. All emergency assets were activated with officers from the Jacksboro Police Department, the Texas Department of Public Safety, Jack County Sheriff’s Department and the Jack County Constable responding.
Police Chief Terry McDaniel said Faith Community Hospital EMS was staged some distance away from the campus.
The suspect was found near the campus at approximately 1:30 p.m. where he was arrested with multiple charges filed including terroristic threat and disorderly conduct, language. He was also given a criminal trespass warning for all school district property. He did not have a weapon.
The subject was transported to the Jack County Jail.
For more, see the Sept. 16 edition of the Herald-Gazette.