Hardin-Jefferson, Evadale schools closed

  • HJISD closure announcement
    HJISD closure announcement

Hardin-Jefferson Independent School District and Evadale ISD announced closures of their schools for Monday, Jan. 27.

HJISD said the closure was due to a possible threat made on social media.

"We are working closely with local law enforcement," announced the district. In an attempt to guarantee the safety of those attending or working at HJISD schools, the school's administration opted to close all campuses to students and staff for the day to allow time for school officials and law enforcement to investigate.

"We realize that this last-minute notification is an inconvenience, but as a precautionary measure, and for the peace of mind of our families and community, we feel this is the best course of action. HJISD takes every rumor of a treat to our schools very seriously, and we will continue to do the best we can to keep our students and staff safe."

HJISD's announcement came just before dawn Monday. Sunday evening, Evadale also announced a closure. The Evadale district cited, "unforeseen circumstances." 

In a follow-up press release Monday afternoon, Evadale Superintendent Gary Fairchild said, "Evadale ISD is in the process of investigating a threat that was made on social media late Sunday evening. This threat was brought to my attention and immediately prompted an investigation with the cooperation of staff members along with the Jasper County Sheriff's Office."

The superintendent referenced an unnamed incident last week but cited privacy laws preventing any comment on the incident. Though he did say that "the threat has been removed.

"Please know that the school administration is working as quickly as possible to resolve the issue."