Hurst elementary holds meeting with parents to discuss threats



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Posted on March 8, 2013 at 7:06 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 8 at 9:15 PM

HURST -- HEBISD officials met with angry parents Friday to explain why they didn't tell them sooner about another parent's threats against Donna Park Elementary students.

Alexius Tavo sent texts to the mother of his child in January that said "i will get a maching (sic) gun soon. get a bunch of bullets then going to [their son's] school and murdering as many ppl as possible. kids and all," "I'm going to put a letter in my pocket saying it is your fault," and "This is my only goal for 2013. im gonna kill alot of people."

He served 45 days in jail for the threat. Officials didn't tell parents anything about it until two days before Tavo was released.

Many parents kept kids home. A few withdrew their students.

Tavo was arrested again Wednesday when he came near the school, violating a protective order. He now faces a felony terroristic threat charge.

News 8 was not allowed in Friday's meeting, but some parents recorded it on their phones and showed us the video.

"Sandy Hook just happened," one parent said in the meeting. "When people say things like this, I'm not going to take a chance with my child. And I think it's so unfair that you took that chance for us."

District officials told parents Friday they did increase security, and said they would review their response to see what could have been done differently.

Some parents came away dissatisfied.

"No, [the explanation we got was not good enough.] Not at all," one parent told News 8. "They gave us very vague answers."