Parents Want to Know: Why Was Harker Heights High School On ‘Secure Hold’?
As a parent, I want to know exactly where my children are at all times. Not being able to get to your child during an emergency can be terrifying for a parent, especially when there's a lockdown at their school and you aren't getting any details.
Harker Heights High School was placed on lockdown Wednesday (Feb. 16), and parents want to know why. I was scrolling Facebook when I spotted the news on a private page. A concerned parent said her child was inside the school, and she was having to calm her down over the phone. However, nobody was sure why the school was taking emergency measures.
WHAT WAS GOING ON AT HARKER HEIGHTS HIGH SCHOOL?
Another parent in the private Facebook group posted a screenshot of a notification they'd received stating that the school took protective measures in response to threats received via social media. They didn't share details as to the nature of the threats.
The Killeen Daily Herald's Eric Shelton reported that that the school was, in fact, under a "secure hold" Wednesday morning, meaning no one was allowed in or out of the school until shortly after Noon.
THANKS FOR TAKING THIS SERIOUSLY
I do appreciate that the school and authorities having taken this very seriously. It’s just nerve racking not knowing exactly what is going on with our children. I’ve noticed over the school year, when threats were made, a lot of them have been false alarms. Still, it's good to see that Killeen schools don't take threats lightly and will put student safety first.