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Friday's Threat at Riesel ISD Brings Concerned Parents to School Board Meeting


Riesel ISD officials insist it is safe for students to come back to school after a teen was arrested Friday for threatening to shoot it up.

It was a full house at Monday nights school board meeting with a lot of concerned parents and questions. Parents mainly wanted to know if Roger Reed, 17, will be coming back to Riesel High School. Reed was arrested for threatening to shoot up the school on Friday and was charged with making a terroristic threat.

"You can't tell us you are going to put him back in the same room as our kids," said one concerned parent. "My kids ride the bus with him. Is that kid going to be on the bus with my son?"

Thirty percent of Riesel's students didn't go to school on Monday because of other threats that escalated over the weekend. Those threats were unrelated to Reed.

Superintendent Brian Garner was there to address questions as best as he could, but he couldn't go into details about Reed due to disciplinary policies with students. However, Garner assured parents that the school's policy is in place.

Each parent had the opportunity to address the school board. Some had concerns about bullying. Others complained about students bringing pocket knives to school even though policy allows them as long as the blade is shorter than five and a half inches.

Then there were parents who were concerned about security protocols and how the school handled Friday's situation.

"My two little girls and my wife were put into that gym before that building was cleared and declared safe when you had a threat against everyone in that school," said Adam Benton. "That is completely and totally unacceptable."

Parents also said they were going to pull their students out of the school district.

Superintendent Garner told parents school officials are going to review how they handled the threat and evaluate whether any changes in policy are necessary.

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