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Parents outraged after students receive threatening, racist texts

Posted at 7:41 AM, May 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-23 07:41:04-04

KATY, TX (KTRK/CNN) - Parents at Katy Independent School District are upset Tuesday after racist text messages were sent to a group of Seven Lakes Junior High School students.

"It was like around 12 o'clock when everyone received a racist message," said Kayla Lyons, an eighth-grade student at the school.

The girls were sitting together at lunch when they said every black student in eighth grade at the school received a racist a text message.

The messages had the N-word and threatened violent action against the students.

"I was horrified, terrified," said a concerned parent Danecia Stewart.

"It went from phone to phone to phone. When everybody got it they started looking up at each other. I looked up at Kayla. Kayla shows me her phone. I looked across the room and there was a table of black boys and they were looking at their phone," said another student, Joy Smith.

Smith said she then looked around the room and saw other girls crying which caused her to cry.

Parents rushed to the school and are now wondering how someone could get a hold of all of the students’ information.

"How do you have the phone numbers of a large group of people?" Stewart said. "If you're capable of obtaining that information who knows what else is compromised and who knows what else you are capable of doing?"

School officials said the texts came from two unknown numbers.

The school district sent a statement which said: "As an added precaution, police presence has been increased and we will remain on high alert until the end of the school year. At Katy ISD, providing a safe, secure and respectful environment is our top priority."

Law enforcement is now working to find out who sent the messages.

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