The Commerce Journal

October 31, 2013

UPDATE: Individual was attempting to meet with adult in the building

Individual arrested for attempting to enter A.C. Williams

By Caleb Slinkard
The Commerce Journal

COMMERCE — UPDATE 2:37 p.m. — Commerce Police Chief Kerry Crews said that the individual, whose name has yet to be released, was arrested on an outstanding warrant out of Rockwall County that was not related to the incident at A.C. Williams, and he does not anticipate any other charges will be filed. According to Crews, the school did the right thing in locking down the school and called CPD, and acted exceptionally and according to protocal. Crews said that he doesn't believe the students were in danger at any time.

UPDATE 1:30 p.m. —  School officials have said that the intruder had attempted to meet with an adult at the building, and it was determined that the meeting shouldn't take place. They do not believe harm was ever intended toward the students. The lockdown has been lifted and the pick-up schedule has not been changed.


From CISD Superintendent Blake Cooper: "Late this morning, there was an incident at A.C. Williams in which an intruder tried to enter the building. Due to the quick thinking of the staff and administrators, the intruder was kept outside the building and a lockdown of the building was enforced. 


Police were notified and the suspect detained off campus and subsequently arrested.  The incident investigation is ongoing by the Commerce Police Department. The administrators, teachers and staff acted in accordance with district procedure to ensure the safety of our students and employees.  The lockdown has been removed from A.C. Williams and we have returned to normal operations with a heightened sense of security.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Central Administration at 903-886-3755."


More on this story as it develops.