Amarillo police investigating social media threat against Bowie Middle School


Just before 9:00 am Tuesday, the Amarillo Police Department received a call stating that there was an active shooter at Bowie Middle School. The parent had received a text message from their student saying that there was rumor of a school shooting and the parent called and told officers that a shooter was at the school.

Multiple officers responded and determined that there was no shooter and no threats made. This was follow up to the social media rumors that were being spread since last night.

Again, there is no evidence that there are any genuine threats to any school in Amarillo.

The Amarillo Police Department continues to investigate all threats and has extra officers around the schools today due to rising concern to parents caused by these rumors. Please refrain from spreading any social media gossip. If you see something that you think is a threat contact the Amarillo Police Department immediately.

The Amarillo ISD released the following statement:

"Amarillo ISD is aware of a threatening message to our middle schools which started on Snapchat overnight. Amarillo Police are investigating the message, but have no evidence that it is credible at this time.

"Police arrested a suspect they believe is involved in a separate threat made yesterday referencing Austin Middle School.

This latest message appears to be a broader copycat of the threat which surfaced yesterday.

"The safety and security of our students and schools is our primary concern, which is why we are diligently working with Amarillo Police to investigate these social media rumors and provide additional security at campuses today."

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