Decatur HS takes extra security measures after threat


Decatur High School will have extra security measures in place Tuesday after a bomb threat was made Monday.

The school will have extra law enforcement on campus and will not allow students to bring in backpacks, bags or large purses Tuesday or Wednesday. Athletic bags must be left in the athletic locker rooms.

A statement from Decatur ISD Superintendent Judi Whitis, said school officials were notified shortly before noon that a threat had been written on the wall in the boys’ downstairs restroom.

“The writing threatened a bomb on May 7. The bathroom was immediately closed and our school resource officers, Decatur Police and campus administrators began investigating,” Whitis said in the statement.

“While we do not believe this to be credible, threats of any kind to the safety and well being of our students and staff are taken very seriously and investigated thoroughly. Police and campus staff are searching security footage and interviewing students to determine the source of the threat. Meanwhile, our custodians have removed the writing.”

Whitis added that law enforcement and administrators responded quickly to the incident.

“It was all hands on deck,” Whitis said.

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Woman dies from stab wounds; suspect leads pursuit


A woman died Monday evening after being stabbed by an estranged boyfriend in the parking lot of a tanning salon in the 1000 block of Business U.S. 380 in Decatur.
The murder suspect fled the scene and led a pursuit from Decatur to north of Alvord. He crashed out around 8 p.m., hitting a tree in the median just north of County Road 2798 near Brushy Creek.
He was flown by Air Evac Lifeteam 68 to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth with multiple self-inflicted stab wounds and a head injury.
Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins said the man confronted the woman at Toast Your Bunz tanning salon. The two individuals had an altercation in the parking lot.
“He stabbed the woman and she got away. She went into the business and they locked it down and called the police,” Hoskins said. “He was still in the parking lot when officers arrived and took off. Officers chased him until where he wrecked out. He stabbed himself in the chase.”
The woman was transported by ambulance to Wise Health System where she died an hour later.
Names have not been released, pending notification of the next of kin.
Officers from the Wise County Sheriff’s Office and Department of Public Safety assisted Decatur with the pursuit.
U.S. 81/287 was shut down for several minutes as the medical helicopter landed on the highway. Alvord firefighters assisted with the scene. The road was reopened around 9 p.m.

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