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Elgin ISD goes into 'shelter in place' Wednesday afternoon

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With guns drawn, law enforcement stood guard at Elgin ISD schools Wednesday morning during a "shelter in place."

"Today the district received information from our local police department that we had concern. So we took measures to ensure the safety of our children and staff," said Al Rodriguez, Public Information officer for the district.

The district later told us that threat was of a potential shooting on the high school campus.

The shelter in place meant that students were to stay in their classrooms with the doors locked. No one goes in or out...and teachers keep teaching.

High school student Catherine Almazan said they were told to keep calm.

"We had the sheriffs and all kinds of stuff here," she said.

Student Pablo Cerda says they felt safe.

"Basically we have many drills like this so at the beginning we thought it was just like a normal drill. But then it started getting, you know a little bit scary," Cerda said.

Some of the parents we spoke with off camera and on the myFOXaustin Facebook page said that they didn't get the proper communication from Elgin ISD about the shelter in place and they felt a little bit in the dark.

Centex Native wrote: "Too late. My daughter was never notified and she is HOT. I wonder how many other parents were not notified."

Bea wrote: "The school called and emailed but did not give any details."

Jinsy wrote: "Wish I would have received a call from the school as to a lockdown or something, had to find out on Facebook!"

In a statement from Elgin ISD this afternoon regarding the shelter in place, Superintendent Dr. Jodi Duron wrote "At all times, our primary concern and focus was the safety and security of our students, faculty, and community. The collaboration today with our law enforcement and our school and district officials is an excellent example of how our emergency systems work."

Wednesday's shelter in place only lasted until about 12:45 and then it was business as usual.

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