Manor, Georgetown and Round Rock police are investigating separate social media threats to schools in their areas.
A threat was first reported in Manor ISD Wednesday night, in which a Snapchat post circulated of a hunting rifle and a man's voice saying "F--- Manor" with Thursday's date in the caption, Manor police said. Then, Thursday morning, another social media post surfaced of a woman holding a rifle and also using foul language identifying "today as the day."
Four individuals have been detained as of Thursday morning with two suspected of being the ones behind the threats.
Georgetown police are also investigating two reported threats on Thursday morning at Georgetown High School. Police said it was alerted of a student with a firearm on a school bus. The student was discovered with a water gun that "looked realistic" and taken by police.
The second incident involved an alleged hit type list. Police are interviewing the two suspected students behind the list.
The most recent threats were reported in Round Rock, where CD Fulkes Middle School and nearby Claude Berkman Elementary went into “lockout” due to social media threats Thursday. Lockout is when no one is allowed into the building and students and staff must remain inside continuing classes.
Round Rock police said they found no evidence of a threat.
The latest scares come as tensions are high in schools across the nation following the school shooting in Uvalde, where 21 were killed by a gunman on Tuesday.
Central Texas schools upped their security in response to the shooting with more police presence and are taking extra precautions with any threats that have surfaced. Officials said they take the threats very seriously and urge parents to have conversations with their children about the seriousness of posting something threatening.
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With major entertainment events slated for October, the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is gearing up for a busy month.
Artists and music lovers are set to pack into Zilker Park for The Austin City Limits Music Festival in the coming two weekends. Following that, Formula One will bring racing fans to the Circuit of the Americas.
For those two events, the airport is anticipating high passenger days with 30,000 or more people departing flights.
ABIA recommends arriving at least two and a half hours in advance for domestic flights on those days. For ACL, it's expected on both Sundays of the festival along with the Monday and Tuesday after. The F1-driven high passenger days are expected on Oct. 20-21 and Oct. 23-26.
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F1, especially, could draw in loads of travelers as the three-day event saw 400,000 attendees last year. ABIA warns that highways leading to the airport may see even higher traffic than usual around the event and that travelers should plan their route accordingly.
Bailey Grimmett, a spokesperson for ABIA, said travel numbers come in 24 hours in advance. So, it's hard to predict if the airport will see travel volumes at the same levels that have happened around previous F1 races or if it'll top ACL's flight traffic.
Still, she says historical knowledge points to a chance for it.
“We've had that Monday after F1 break the record for single busiest in airport history," Grimmett said. "So context clues I would say yes, but I can't confirm that. But the historical background points to that."
In anticipation of the high volume of flyers, the airport received additional TSA officers for security screening through the end of October. To prepare even further, the Department of Aviation and partners hosted a job showcase and hiring fair to address the continued labor shortage the airport has experienced.
Relief from hectic travel days is on the horizon with November likely to see a slowdown.
"I don't anticipate it will be as busy as October just because we don't have as many events going on," Grimmett said. "Thanksgiving is kind of our primary holiday that we see a lot of passengers coming in and out of the airport."