Student reported a suspicious vehicle near the schools

Ofelia Garcia Hunter, Alice Echo-News Journal

Agua Dulce schools were on lock-down Friday morning for about 20 minutes as a precautionary measure because of possible threatening remarks, superintendent Donna Hilliard said.

At about 10 a.m., the school was notified by a high school student he noticed a vehicle belonging to an individual that had threatened him the night before with a weapon, school officials said.

Hilliard put the school on lockdown and kept the students in their classes to ensure their safety.

"I would call this a drill," she said. "What we found out was that our security system in place worked perfectly."

Hilliard said the altercation, which did not happen at the school, was caught on videotape at a local store.

According to officials, the high school student had an altercation at a nearby convenience store after the bonfire and homecoming festivities Thursday night.

On Friday morning, the teenage boy reportedly noticed the same car belonging to that individual near the school and decided to tell a school official. As soon as school officials were notified, the school went into a lock-down state and searched the school for anything suspicious. No weapons were found and no one entered the campus, she said.

"The idea was to keep our children inside for safety concerns," Hilliard said. "They were kept in their current classes until security was established."

Hilliard said as an added measure, extra security was increased at the school and also at the homecoming game Friday night.

The Nueces County constable's office is investigating the case and the Department of Public Safety assisted.