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Schools on high alert Monday amidst Nolan County fugitive search

By Jenna Rogers, Reporter, jrogers@ktxs.com
Published On: Jan 21 2013 10:54:19 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 21 2013 11:09:37 PM CST
ROSCOE, Texas -

Roscoe ISD and Loraine ISD took precautions as law enforcement searched for fugitives who fired a gun at an officer early this morning.

Keeping kids safe was first on the agenda.

"Kids are obviously our most important asset so that needs to be top priority at all times," said Dr. Kim Alexander, Superintendent of Roscoe ISD.

Both school superintendents decided this morning to close their campuses.

"That's our utmost concern taking care of our parents greatest treasures. We just want to be extra cautious," said Travis Edwards, Superintendent of Loraine ISD.

Kids were kept inside at all times during school hours and doors were locked. Communities came together to watch out for their students.

"The more eyes you got the better off you're going to be," said Doyle Mitchell, Assistant Chief of the Loraine Volunteer Fire Department.

Mitchell got the call about the suspects this morning and jumped into action.

"I don't know who's to say what's going to keep a school safer or not safer, but I still believe it’s the responsibility of all citizens to do what they can," said Mitchell.

Everyone held their breath as police continued their search.

"We're trying to keep things as normal as possible for kids and keep them focused on their studies and we'll hopefully be out of this pretty quick," said Edwards.