Questions Unanswered in Andress High School Lockdown
POSTED: Thursday, January 22, 2009 - 6:36pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 3:22pm
EL PASO--- El Paso Independent School District raised security at Andress High School Thursday, after an alleged attack on a campus patrol woman caused a two-hour lockdown Wednesday.
Two extra E.P. I.S.D. police officers patrolled the campus and students have taken notice.
"There is a lot more police around," said Rose Garrison, an Andress High freshman. "There's more security around, and the principals are out."
This, after a female campus patrol woman told school leaders two males pointed a knife at her and bound her with string in the girl's bathroom, said District Spokeswoman Berenice Zubia.
The patrol woman told leaders she couldn't see the males' faces because they were wearing hoods, said Zubia.
Her story prompted a two hour lockdown wednesday, while police searched for the intruders and searched students on campus looking for a knife.
"They are working diligently to solve this matter, but there are some discrepancies with some of the statements from campus patrol, from witnesses, and from our surveillance cameras," said Zubia.
Noone will elaborate about the discrepancies. They won't talk about the patrol woman, or even tell NewsChannel 9 how long she's worked for the district.
"Because this is a personnel matter unfortunately, we cannot reveal any of those details. we cannot give names, or details of employment," said Zubia.
Students aren't sure what to think; about what happened, and if they should be worried.
"When I went to class, I was told it was two girls that jumped her, and then tied her and left her there," said Tina Alcocer. "And then later on in the day I heard it was two students.
"If it happened to a security guard, I mean, what does that tell us? It was just so scary going in you would actually think someone was in the stall," said student Cassandra Teran, who's afraid to use the restroom at school.
Parents received an automated phone message... with little information.
That fact has some parents concerned.
"I think they should be answering a whole bunch of questions but they don't," said Margaret Fourzan, whose son goes to Andress.
Zubia says if parents have questions, they should call the district, but not all information will be released.
District police also say they've made progress in the investigation, but can't reveal information that could harm their case.