UPDATE from EPISD: The secure at Franklin High School was lifted before 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6. Out of an abundance of caution, the secure began at approximately 11:25 a.m. due to an incident in the surrounding area.
El Paso ISD Police officers worked with local law enforcement to investigate a situation in the vicinity of campus. An individual was apprehended off campus by El Paso Police Department officers.
District officers will remain on campus throughout the day as a precaution. The safety and security of our students and staff is our top priority.
Students spoke to KTSM after the lockdown was lifted. Some said they would not be returning to class after they were told to go on lunch and come back to proceed with classes.
“Will I live to see the future or will it be the end of my life?” said Rosalid Nieves, a student at Franklin High.
“Why would you do that. No one does anything to you. We probably leave you alone and then you’re here putting all these people in trauma and having to sit in this class for hours. We did nothing to you; we don’t deserve to have to go through this,” she said, sending a message to the suspect.
Several students told KTSM the suspect was a student at the school, but EPISD has not released any official information about his identity.
EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – The main campus of Franklin High School has been placed on lock down due to the presence of an armed individual according to El Paso Police department.
Over 22 reports were made about and an individual with a firearm, which started at around 11:30 a.m. Road closures have been set in the surrounding area.
EPISD released the following statement:
Franklin High School is currently in a secure due to an incident in the vicinity of the campus. El Paso ISD Police officers are actively working with local law enforcement as they jointly investigate the situation. District officers will remain on campus throughout the day out of an abundance of caution. During a secure, normal operations are maintained within the campus and no individuals are allowed in or out of the facility. The safety and security of our students and staff is our top priority.
Multiple law enforcement agencies are responding to the incident.
This is a developing story and will be updated with more details.