Grandfalls-Royalty ISD parents want answers after threat made to school


GRANDFALLS, Texas (ABC Big 2/FOX 24) – Parents at Grandfalls-Royalty ISD want answers after police say a violent threat was made at a school.

Law enforcement says it’s still investigating an alleged threat made by a district employee that was made early last month. But parents tell ABC Big 2 and FOX 24 they’ve did not know anything until days later.

“I don’t really know. I just know that a threat was made and nobody notified the parents,” Kaylee Blackwell said.

Blackwell and her husband Brandon have a four-year-old daughter who goes to the Grandfalls-Royalty school, which is for elementary through high school students.

They’re upset to find out their child’s safety was at risk after a violent threat was made. Now they want answers.

“I didn’t take my daughter to school for two days because I didn’t know what was going on and on the second day I called the sheriff’s department and they told me what they could you know an active investigation. The school has been made safe, it’s under surveillance,” said Brandon Blackwell.

The Ward County Sheriff’s Office says it’s investigating a district employee. That person has not been charged and the sheriff’s office is asking for help from the FBI.

Blackwell says he’s frustrated with the district for not telling parents anything sooner.

“This was all of our kids. Well, potentially all of our kids so they should have said something,” Brandon Blackwell stated.

Kaylee Blackwell says the lack of information has caused many rumors to spread around town.

“I just hope it was a sick joke that’s all I can really say. I hope the teacher didn’t have these plans to shoot up the school,”

Other parents say they are also frustrated with the school district for not providing any information to them.

We reached out to GRISD but they would not make a comment.

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April 22 2021 09:00 am