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Police searched across Van ISD after anonymous caller threatened school

Around 12:50 p.m., Van Police Department received a call from an anonymous person saying he was armed and had explosive devices in proximity of Van Middle School.

VAN, Texas — Van ISD schools were under a lockdown Tuesday afternoon as law enforcements searched the area for a possible threat after police received an anonymous call.

At around 12:50 p.m., the Van Police Department received a call from an anonymous caller saying he was armed with a rifle and explosive devices near Van Middle School. 

Immediately schools went into lockdown as multiple law authorities conducted searches across Van ISD. 

According to Van PD, within an hour of the call officials cleared Van ISD of any credible threat. 

In a statement, Van ISD said their proactive safety and security measures and training ensured a seamless approach to today's potential threat. Van ISD's commitment to the safety of our students and staff remains the district's top priority. 

The following agencies responded and assisted during the lockdown and investigation:

  • Van ISD Police Department
  • Van Police Department
  • Van Zandt County Precinct 4 Constable's Office
  •  Van Zandt County District Attorney's Office
  • Grand Saline Police Department
  • Department of Public Safety
  • Homeland Security 

Van PD continues to investigate the identity of the caller.

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