Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Update: Subjects detained, lockdowns lifted at Denton schools

Guyer, Denton and Ryan high schools were placed on lockdown Wednesday morning as Denton police investigated “unsubstantiated threats.”

Denton police learned of a threat Wednesday morning against Denton and Ryan high schools, according to a police spokesperson. Officers were dispatched to both campuses, which were placed on lockdown. No threats were made against Guyer, but police placed it on lockdown out of an abundance of caution. Newton Rayzor Elementary and Calhoun Middle School were placed on lockout as a precautionary measure because of their proximity to Denton High.

By early afternoon, police had detained one Denton High School student and a non-student at Ryan High School. The two individuals cooperated with investigators and were ruled out as suspects, police said.

“After a thorough investigation and numerous searches, no credible threat or weapons were found,” Denton PD said in a statement shortly after noon. All the lockdowns and lockouts were lifted.

Detectives also learned of at least two similar threats in other Texas cities and will continue to investigate leads in partnership with the FBI. Students, parents, and staff can expect an increased police presence on campuses this week.

Mark Smith
Mark Smith
Mark Smith is the Digital Editor of The Cross Timbers Gazette.

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