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Alvin ISD

By: Lucy Osbourne

Email: lucy@thethinkering.com ►

During a morning bus route to Don Jeter Elementary School in Alvin ISD, a student notified the bus driver that another student had a grenade. According to school officials, all 37 students were taken off the bus and held  at a safe distance while another bus was sent to transport the students to Don Jeter Elementary School.

According to Mike Putnal, Alvin ISD Police Chief, "A technician from the Texas City Bomb Squad recovered the device and determined that the core had been removed and was not capable of detonation." 

Alvin ISD is currently in the process of personally contacting the parents of all 37 students that were on the bus.  A letter from the Superintendent was sent out to all the parents of Alvin ISD students.

 

Superintendent Letter - Safety & Security

Alvin ISD Parents and Community,

Safety and security is the number one priority in Alvin ISD. It is critical that the faculty and staff of Alvin ISD work closely with the parents and community members to ensure that each one of our students are secure while they are under the care of Alvin ISD. Our District vision states that Alvin ISD is a dynamic learning organization committed to excellence for all students and every program. As we strive for excellence, it is critical that we keep our community informed and involved.

During a morning bus route to Don Jeter Elementary, a student was found to be in possession of a deactivated grenade which was not capable of detonation. A student quickly notified the bus driver that a fellow classmate had what appeared to be a "grenade." Students were immediately evacuated from the bus and held at a safe distance. Alvin ISD School Transportation dispatched an additional bus which safely transported all students to Don Jeter Elementary to begin their school day. The Alvin ISD Police Department worked in conjunction with the Texas City Regional Bomb Squad and the Brazoria County Sherriff's Office to make the determination that the reported item was not a live explosive device.

According to Mike Putnal, Alvin ISD Police Chief, "A technician from the Texas City Bomb Squad recovered the device and determined that the core had been removed and was not capable of detonation." Alvin ISD is currently in the process of personally contacting the parents of all 37 students that were on the bus.

We are exceptionally proud of the student that had the courage to make the initial report to the bus driver. This student is to be commended for quick thinking and bravery. I would also like to thank the work of the Alvin ISD Police Department and Transportation Department for their quick action that was focused on making sure our students were safe at all times. We must also express our appreciation to the Texas City Regional Bomb Squad and the Brazoria County Sheriff's Office that provided their assistance. I am pleased to announce that our students were never in harm's way yet it was wonderful to witness how resources, both inside the District and community, immediately came together for the benefit of our students.

Thank you for working with us to ensure that all students are provided a safe and secure learning environment in Alvin ISD.

 

Fred Brent, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

Alvin ISD

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