ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) An attorney says a Texas school district is “in crisis mode” and has failed to provide an explanation for the lockdown and lockdown lockdown drills that have prompted students to run away from school.
Attorney Brian Houser, a former state representative and a former judge in Texas, released a report Friday in which he said his client is “deeply concerned” that officials in Arlington, Texas, are failing to act to protect students and teachers from a mass shooting that left seven people dead and many more injured.
“It’s just one of those situations where we have no clue what the hell is going on,” Housar said in an interview.
“They’re going through an emergency lockdown.
And the problem is, it’s not clear what is going to happen if the school is locked down for the duration of the lockdown.”
Houser said officials are refusing to provide information on how many students and educators are currently in lockdown, which has led to a lockdown on some school buildings, including Arlington Middle School, where four students were shot and killed by a classmate and three were wounded.
Officials at Arlington and Arlington-area school districts have been under a lockdown since March 16, after gunman Devin Kelley opened fire in the city’s elementary and middle schools.
It took nearly two weeks for the city to get back to normal after school officials declared an emergency and said students and staff would remain in the building until further notice.
The district says it has been cooperating with the Justice Department and Texas authorities to find the gunman responsible for the shooting, who has not been arrested.
The report also details how authorities are not releasing information about the shooter, including the motive behind the shooting.
“The only way to protect people from harm is to have the right kind of security,” Hoseer said.
“So if you can’t even give us the information, we’re not going to get anything done.”
Authorities have declined to answer a request for comment.