Threats Come in to McCamey, Leaves Town on Edge 10/4/13
CBS 7 News Reporter
October 5, 2013
McCamey - Just two days after an Upton County Deputy was shot and killed, rumors started flying about retaliation; a man on his way to town to "take care of business."
Reports of those rumors had the community of McCamey acting fast to protect their people.
Emotions have been running high the past two days in McCamey, so that's why when reports of a man with a gun was on his way to town came in, no one took it lightly.
At first glance, it's an average Friday at McCamey High School, but it was a different story just a few hours ago.
"They were telling us that some crazy guy was coming around with a gun," Amber Barnett, McCamey High School student said.
McCamey High School Principal Jay McWilliams got the call about the threat early this morning.
"As soon as I heard about it, I got a plan and put it in to action," Jay McWilliams, McCamey High School Principal.
With no one allowed in or out of the buildings for the majority of the morning, it put some of the students and even parents on edge.
"Because we thought about all throughout the morning, if he had been herevand we were alone, he would have gotten us," Mckenna Ford, McCamey High School student said.
"Yeah I was kind of scared. They were freaking us out in there,” Barnett said.
"You can understand when you're getting bits and pieces of the story, of course you're going to be concerned for the welfare of your kids," McWilliams said.
Luckily, just after noon, the threat was lifted and students were able to go to lunch.
"We come together as a community, it was the same way today. It's been a tough couple of days," McWilliams said.
Given the events of the past two days, McWilliams say now is the time to heal.
The man alleged to have made the threats, the son of the shooter, has been located by law enforcement and is being closely monitored.
Upton County officials say there is no longer a threat to their community.