EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – Law enforcement officials confirm that Bel Air High School was placed on lockdown Thursday afternoon, after a text message of an alleged armed subject near the school.

According to El Paso Police Department officials, there were reports of a suspicious individual in the area.

EPPD Officials released the following statement via text:

At 1:16 p.m., a text message began circulating of an armed subject in or around the school. There has been no confirmed incident at the school. The school is on lockdown.

The El Paso Police Department is clearing the school. Media staging area is at Hermosillo and Venado.

Parent staging area is Santa Monica and Venado. Outside agencies responded to assist. As a reminder, there has been NO CONFIMRED INCIDENT and it all came from a text message.


Once released students described what it was like while on lockdown.

“I texted my mom that I loved her, my brothers everyone because I didn’t know what was going on,” said Jasmin Martinez a BelAir Highschool Student.

“I just had a lot of anxiety cause of the tragic event that happened yesterday with the elementary school and all that so just all these bad thoughts in my head,” said Aaron Lopez a Bell Air High School Student.

Parents gathered outside of the high school during the lockdown as they received messages from their kids.

“She’s saying im ok mom she’s trying to keep me ok but I’m just very nervous at this point,” said Miriam Gallimar a mother of a Bel Air High School Student.

“I just came down and I started messaging my son to see if he was ok, which was a little bit of relief,” said Luis Lopez a father of a Bel Air High School Student.

The Superintendent for the Ysleta Independent School District saying if the response seemed excessive he would rather have that than be under prepared.

“It grabbed my attention I went down their immediately we are all I think in a heightened sense of vigilance and anxiety you know were hyper attentive right now relative to safety and security of our schools and our our buildings,” said Xavier De La Torre the Superintendent for YISD.

Explaining the consequences for a student who makes these types of threats.

“They can be suspended they can certainly be expelled especially if it is a terrorist threat, once their expelled they can enter the JJ system the Juvenile Justice System,” said Torre.

Officials with the El Paso Fire Department tell KTSM that there are no injuries reported.

Sources initially told KTSM there was a report of a shooting on Gateway East and Yarborough, with the alleged gunman running toward the Bel Air campus.

Police added that the scene was clear, and parents could pick up their students at the regular dismissal time.


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