Dr. Lamont Smith

Elkhart ISD Superintendent Lamont Smith

BY WILLIAM PATRICK

reporter@palestineherald.com

A threatening email, sent to the Elkhart Independent School District shortly before noon Friday, triggered safety protocols, placing the district's three schools on lockdown.

Elkhart ISD Superintendent Lamont Smith declined to release the contents of the email, citing an active investigation by the Anderson County Sheriff's Office.

Following the threat, campus hallways were cleared, doors were locked, windows were secured, and students and personnel were accounted for.

Officers from the Texas Department of Public Safety and Palestine Police Department, as well as deputies from the ACSO, were called to investigate. After finding no credible threat, ISD officials lifted the lockdown and resumed activities at all ISD campuses.

Smith told the Herald-Press Friday the response from law enforcement was immediate, and that students and faculty reacted according to plan.

“We take pride in making certain our school community is safe,” Smith said in a prepared statement. “We will continue to have lockdown and safety drills.”

Calls to the Anderson County Sheriff's Office were not returned.