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News Release
Dallas High School School Incident - 09/23/21

On September 21, 2021 Dallas Police learned of, and began investigating, potential threats that students were allegedly making towards each other at Dallas High School. The investigation involved talking with numerous students and staff.

As the investigation progressed, more allegations were discovered and investigators learned additional students were possibly involved. All allegations identified were appropriately investigated.

Some allegations revolved around students making verbal threats to shoot each other. Police and school staff ultimately determined there were no immediate threats or dangers posed to staff or students.

After the initial response, a Dallas PD detective and school staff spent at least ten hours over the past two days interviewing everyone involved. The investigation determined there are no credible threat towards any students or staff at this time. It was also determined that the involved persons did not have firearms on school property, nor did they have known access to firearms.

As of September 23, 2021, after numerous interviews with the youth involved and their parents, officials learned that the images first posted on social media were of replica firearms rather than authentic firearms. The police department learned today that one of the youth involved yesterday made an additional post last night, which included an image of ammunition and what appears to be the barrel of an actual pistol.

Investigators have followed-up today to learn more about the image posted late yesterday. The youth admitted to posting the picture, claiming to have obtained the photo several months ago. Investigators, working closely with the involved parents, were not able to determine the source of the photo, nor find evidence that the youth actually had possession of any real firearm or ammunition in the recent past.

The primary suspect in this matter is being charged with Disorderly Conduct and investigators are in communication with Polk County Juvenile Department as to the youth’s disposition.

The youth who posted the most recent photo is not from Dallas and has had his privilege to attend school at the Dallas School District revoked; and, he has been trespassed from all Dallas School District property. The other youth has been removed from school by the parents. Whether he will resume attending in the Dallas School District in the future is still being determined.

This investigation is continuing. Investigators are continuing to work closely with the school and parents to investigate this matter and hold accountable those who are responsible for these alarming events. Dallas PD regularly works closely with school district officials to make every effort to ensure safety in the schools.

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