Former Rio Hondo student in custody after alleged threat

District officials confirmed they were alerted by the Cameron County Sheriff’s Department that the former student was allegedly driving to the high school possibly with a firearm.

Superintendent Ismael Garcia issued a shelter-in-place and soft lock-down for all campuses while authorities investigated. It was done per district procedures.

District law enforcement and security personnel were present at all times on all campuses and remained in close contact with the Sheriff’s Department, according to a press release issued by the district.

Upon investigation, officials determined the former student was not a threat to the district and did not attempt to enter any of the schools.

“Terroristic threats or any threat of violence against the district’s students and/or employees are at all times treated very seriously by the district,” officials stated in the press release. “The safety and welfare of our students and staff is the first and foremost concern for the trustees and administration of the Rio Hondo Independent School District.”

Due to federal privacy laws regarding current and former students, the district was not able to identify the suspect.

District officials will continue to work with law enforcement agencies to investigate the circumstances leading to the lock-down.