Westwood Lifts Lockdown After External Threat is Cleared

By Hannah Ashtari, Managing Editor

On Wednesday, Jan. 19, at 10:55 a.m., Westwood High School went on lockdown after reports of an external threat in the area. The school then transitioned to a hold-in-place after Austin police reported it was safe to do so. At 12:30, students were released back to their regular school day.

“Please know that at no point was there a credible threat to safety and that students and staff remained safe throughout the entire process,” Principal Dr. Mario Acosta said in an email to Westwood staff. “Our leadership team and entire school will continue to work tirelessly to ensure the safety of every student and staff member at Westwood.”

The situation is ongoing and more information will be added as it is made available.