POSTED: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 12:39pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 12:40pm
SISD: backpack w/object removed; was a 'dummy' device
El Paso, Tx — Students, faculty and staff were evacuated from Americas High School this morning due to a threat and a suspicious package being found on school grounds.
According to Socorro ISD officials, a threat was made against the school and the decision was made to evacuate everyone as a precaution. SISD police and campus officials contacted El Paso Police who were sent to the school.
Once officers arrived, they searched the grounds and found a backpack with a 'suspicious object.'
Upon further inspection, SISD officials describe the device as a "dummy, grenade-like device, that was hollowed out.'
The backpack, along with the device was removed and students were allowed back into the school.
SISD officials say EPPD officers arrested a student in connection to the suspicious package call. They add that while the item may not have been an auctual, functioning device, the possession of the device on school property is against district rules.