Lockdown over at Tom Bean Elementary School

By: Mystic Matthews Email
By: Mystic Matthews Email

TOM BEAN, Tex. -- It was a scary situation in Tom Bean on Thursday when schools were put on lockdown. School officials speak out about the incident.

Administrators sent a letter home to parents explaining their actions Thursday.

It was business as usual on Friday at Tom Bean ISD, a much different scene than Thursday.

"Tom Bean P.D. came to the elementary to ask us to go on lockdown because they received a report there was an individual on a bicycle with what appeared to be a gun," Tom Bean Elementary principal Eric Hough said.

So administrators locked down all three school campuses, securing classrooms to make sure everyone was safe.

“At no time were any individuals in the building that were not supposed to be. One police did go in with me. We walked to make sure it was secure inside. And several other officers and sheriffs that came to the school area cleared the area and everything was fine from here. They allowed us to lift the lockdown and send students home."

Tom Bean Police say, luckily, the gun witnesses reported seeing was actually a pellet gun carried by two kids riding their bikes down Highway 11.

Principal Eric Hough says the take every threat seriously, and he is confident in his staff's ability to keep students safe.

"I knew the doors were locked. We were in; the kids were where they were supposed to be and the teachers taken the appropriate action."

The elementary school employees knew just what action to take.

"We had just had a lock down drill the day before, so it worked out very well."

Officials assure us no one was in any danger. Police say they did find the two kids responsible, and have spoken with them and their parents.

No charges will be filed.


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  • by Anonymous Location: LUELLA on Mar 17, 2009 at 09:47 PM
    i went to school at tom bean in the 80s and 90s and i was bullied very bad
  • by Anonymous on Nov 19, 2007 at 02:22 PM
    billy, peoples opinion count on here so if you don't want to read them then don't you are the one that needs to get a life
  • by billy Location: denison on Nov 19, 2007 at 06:54 AM
    o cry me river god they locked down the school to protect the kids and yall are fighting about it man that low get a life
  • by former teacher Location: texas on Nov 19, 2007 at 04:42 AM
    Anonymous #1, yes I was a teacher because I love the kids and am now a school administrator for the same reason. If I didn't care about kids I wouldn't be in the business I'm in. I would be doing something that pays a lot more money than what I make. If you had taken the time to read my comment a little closer and think before you reacted, you would see that I'm not saying that the school communicated with the parents. I'm just saying that you need to research the situation further before assuming that because your child didn't bring it home that the school did not send anything. I've had an irresponsible students whose angry parents contacted the school wanting to know why the didn't know about events going on at school, progres reports being sent home, etc., and then they calm down when they find out it is in their child's desk at school because they didn't bring it home like the teacher asked, or when you ask the parent if they checked their child's backpack, they say no.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 18, 2007 at 08:28 PM
    Anonymous, I hate to tell you but we as parents are responsible, we should check our kids back packs and I know that alot of times when kids do not come home with notes from the school and they are very important and I would go to the school about it and come to find out my child had it in his desk all along, I do think that when things are really important like schools are doing these drills as in lock downs and evaquations that we as parents should know about them by in the way of a letter through the mail. Sounds to me like parents need to get more involved in their kids activites at school, you blame stuff on the teachers its their responiblity no it is not its the parents
  • by Anonymous on Nov 18, 2007 at 12:19 PM
    Former Teacher- You are WRONG about the school keeping the parents informed. I don't know this situation (and neither do you), but I do know that TBISD has not kept parents informed in the past. I'm so glad my kids are not in school there anymore. You say, "It is so typical for parents to want to blame the school and its employees for everything." Yes. We do blame the school for mistakes the school makes when our kids are at school. Unfortunately, the TEACHERS and SCHOOL STAFF want to blame the parents for mistakes THEY make because they don't want to accept responsibility for their mistakes. I thank God for the teacher and administration that take on the jobs they do for the love of the kids. Unfortunately, there are teachers who only do their job for convenience. It sounds like you may be one of them.
  • by Anonymous Location: Sherman on Nov 18, 2007 at 08:05 AM
    Why in the world didn't the Tom Bean police see them or come up to them before they had to have a lock down at the school, people need to check things out before jumping off the handle about things, also the witnesses that seen these boys why didn't they get a better look at what they were caring?
  • by KB5RIR Location: Collinsville on Nov 17, 2007 at 02:53 PM
    Im 45 years old when I was 16 I lived in the Lake Highlands area of Dallas. My friend and I used to walk down Plano Rd. Near LBJ Frwy. With High powered Pellet Guns hunting rabbits. The police thought nothing about us walking down the road in the city limits of Dallas with pellet guns and dead rabbits headed for the dinner table that we would clean and my mother would cook in tampura batter. Its sad a kid can't be a kid anymore.
  • by Mr.Smith Location: Tom Bean on Nov 17, 2007 at 11:37 AM
    I have had another concern about the safety of the kids at the elementary school. I brought it to Mr. Hough attention over a 1.5 year ago. I feel the kids on the playground are at great risk of a vehicle running off the highway and into the playground area. There is no type of barrier in place to reflect a vehicle of any kind. If this were to happen it would be a real tragedy that could affect the lives of many kids resulting in serious injury or death. This is something that could be taken care of with minimal expense versus the potential of tragedy. I know for sure I would not want my kid playing on that playground. It has just been a blessing nothing has happened to date. Vehicles run off the road all the time. Maybe this is another chance to raise interest with parents or media to get something done to protect the lives of there kids. I still have the email I sent to Mr. Hough and his reply.
  • by former teacher Location: texas on Nov 17, 2007 at 11:06 AM
    Dwayne, I hardly doubt that the school lied in saying they sent a letter home with students. As a former teacher I can recall many times that parents complained about communication not being sent home when it actually had. Either the student had not bothered to take communication home or it was in a wad of papers inside the backpack. The school can hardly be blamed for that. It is so typical for parents to want to blame the school and its employees for everything. Nothing would ever be the fault of any student, now would it? It ALWAYS seems to be the school's fault. Maybe you need to dig a little deeper before jumping to conclusions because it may be that your child did not bother to bring home what he or she was given.
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