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Mexia ISD: No current threat, 'person of interest' detained

Posted at 12:05 PM, May 16, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-16 18:23:14-04

MEXIA, Texas — Mexia ISD along with law enforcement are investigating after a "loud bang" was heard in a Mexia High restroom and bullet holes were found.

"The campus was placed on immediate lockdown, as well as all other MISD campuses, and a person of interest was identified and detained by law enforcement within minutes," said the school district on Monday.

A weapon has since been located. However, authorities have yet to release any details as to what it was or where it was found.

No injuries have been reported nor any incidents of a gun being pointed at someone, said officials.

They later issued the following news release.

NEWS RELEASE FROM MEXIA ISD (4:55 p.m. MONDAY)

"At approximately 11:20am, Mexia ISD administrators received reports of a “loud bang” in a restroom. MISD staff immediately responded and simultaneously law enforcement arrived on site. The campus was placed on immediate lockdown, as well as all other MISD campuses, and a person of interest was identified and detained by law enforcement within minutes. Law enforcement continued to sweep the entire building to verify that all occupants were safe and that there were no additional potential threats. No injuries were reported.

The district determined an early dismissal was in the best interest of student safety. Multiple law enforcement agencies and other first responders collaborated to establish an action plan to dismiss students in the safest manner possible.

As of the time of this release the high school campus will remain closed tomorrow. This will allow additional time for law enforcement to continue their investigation and also to ensure the building is cleared of any threats. As always, the safety of our students and staff remains the top priority for Mexia ISD.

Law enforcement personnel have detained a Person of Interest in relation to this incident.  The Mexia Police Department has opened an investigation into the incident.  As this is now an on-going investigation, no further details are available at this time."

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LIVE UPDATE

Officials with Mexia ISD say there's no current threat to students and staff at its campuses. Mexia police said one person is in custody in connection with the "incident." No additional details have been released.

ORIGINAL STORY

Officials with Mexia ISD say there's no current threat to students and staff at its campuses.

Mexia police said one person is in custody in connection with the "incident."

No further details have been released.

Mexia ISD parents are being asked to pick up their children at 1:30 p.m. as part of an early release.

25 News will provide additional details when they become available.

ORIGINAL STORY

All Mexia ISD campuses are on lockdown until further notice, according to the Mexia ISD Twitter page.

The City of Mexia also said on its Facebook page all campuses within the district are on lockdown as well.

25 News will provide additional details as they become available.