Gun shots were fired near Woodrow Wilson High School on the afternoon of March 22.

The school’s principal, Michael Moran, sent a message to parents confirming the incident, which he said occurred around the time classes were dismissed for the day.

No injuries were reported, but several gun shots were fired outside, in front of the football field.

“We know news of a weapon near a learning environment is unsettling and we would like to take a moment to remind our students and families to always be vigilant and to continue to share information regarding school safety with a teacher, school administrator or security officer,” Moran said. “Remember, if you see something, say something.”

Moran said in the message Dallas ISD police officers “immediately responded to investigate the incident.”

Dustin Marshall, the Dallas ISD trustee whose district includes Woodrow, said in a Facebook post that police are still investigating, “and all individuals responsible for the disturbance will receive the appropriate consequence.”

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Marshall also said he has been working with DISD police, the school’s parent-teacher association, the Dallas Police Department, the Park Board and staff, the City Council, local park groups and the school administration to work on finding solutions to improve safety.

“Clearly, we still have a long way to go,” Marshall said.

This is not the first incident of its kind to affect Woodrow — which is surrounded by a residential neighborhood, Willis Winters Park, J.L. Long Middle School and Juliette Fowler Communities — in recent months.

The Advocate reported on a situation that occurred Feb. 1, where Dallas Police officers arrived to the 100 block of S. Glasgow Drive around 3 p.m. to find a group of people fighting in the park. They seized two weapons. Photos of those weapons were circulated around social media.

Then just over a week later, on Feb. 10, another incident brought at least eight police cars and an ambulance to the site. A Long administrator told parents there was “an altercation involving students and parents at Willis Winters Park.”

According to another post shared on Facebook from the “Woodrow Wilson HS Insider” group, the Woodrow PTA has “signed the paperwork” to form a Woodrow Extended Neighborhood Patrol with the Dallas Police Department. A uniformed officer in a marked police cruiser will now be at the park each day at dismissal, according to the post.


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