SANTA FE

A 23-year-old woman charged with trespassing in the high school where the deadliest campus shooting in Texas history occurred less than a year ago told police officers she was testing security protocols, according to a probable cause affidavit released Friday.

Haley Zieber, of Santa Fe, was arrested Wednesday at Santa Fe High School and charged with criminal trespass, a misdemeanor. She was booked into and later released from the Galveston County Jail on $1,000 bond, officials said.

Zieber, accompanied by a black dog, entered the high school through the front door and walked east through a hallway without being checked in or issued a visitor’s badge, according to the affidavit.

The officer who swore the affidavit said he saw Zieber enter the school and was quickly notified she hadn’t been properly checked in, according to the affidavit.

Confronted by officers, Zieber said she’d had a bad feeling about the day and wanted to make sure everything was OK, according to the affidavit.

Zieber told the officer she didn’t have a student at the school, but had graduated from there in 2013, according to the affidavit.

Campus officials escorted her to the front of the school, but before leaving, Zieber asked what year it was, according to the affidavit.

An officer then asked Zieber where she was parked and she led them to a small SUV parked in the fire lane, according to the affidavit.

Zieber then told the officer she worked for a nonprofit organization that raised awareness about mental health and had been testing the school’s security system and that it was broken, according to the affidavit.

Zieber told officials she trained law enforcement and military personnel mentally and physically and that the officer should have shot her to keep her from coming into the school, according to the affidavit.

Zieber then said she was from Santa Fe originally and cared about the school, but now lived in San Antonio, according to the affidavit.

Officers arrested Zieber and animal control took her dog, according to the affidavit.

Zieber wasn’t armed and there was no indication she intended to do harm to anyone on campus, according to a written statement provided by the school.

Santa Fe High School is the site of one of the worst mass shootings in Texas history. A gunman entered the building in May 2018 and shot and killed 10 people, wounding more than a dozen others.

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Ron Shelby

Hmmm. That's sounds strikingly familiar to when Cheryl Johnson's Deputy Tad Assessor attempted to circumvent voting security by voting multiple times in an election. When caught, he claimed he was texting voter security. If he could claim that...?

Ron Shelby

"Tax"....meanwhile, voting was under the statutory responsibility of another elected official from another party.

Rusty Schroeder

Their needs to be a sweeping change at the High School as well as the district. Some resignations from the school board might as well be on that list as well. We have become the laughing stock, not the leader, in school security across Texas. Their needs to be immediate changes from the Superintendent down to the lowest officer on the force in charge of securing the school entrance when this girl took her "test of the system" Wednesday morning. We lost 10 lives at the High School less than a year ago, have spent millions on security and personnel, and it happens again minus cruel intentions. I have had enough, the community has had enough, time for changes. We have one of the nicest campuses and facilities in the county, yet we have a 63 grading from the TEA for 2017-18 school year. This is not acceptable, parents are pulling their kids from the district for fear for their well being. I see high school students writing letters in community forums that are disturbing to say the least, the level of respect for staff or security is troubling. I am tired of the excuses, I said it after May 18 and got criticized, Carlos I don't want to hear any of your excuses. For I too have talked to students and parents, there is no more covering this problem up. Heads need to roll, a new attitude needs to be instilled district wide, Period.

Carlos Ponce

Rusty, I talked with a staff member of SFHS. I was informed the trespasser went through the metal detectors but instead of stopping at the "Visitor's Window" she proceeded to the main hall and was stopped immediately. She didn't get far, just a few steps. No interaction with any students, just SFISD Security. "The officer who swore the affidavit said he saw Zieber enter the school and was quickly notified she hadn’t been properly checked in, according to the affidavit."

Jose' Boix

According to the article: "Zieber, accompanied by a black dog, entered the high school through the front door and walked east through a hallway without being checked in or issued a visitor’s badge, according to the affidavit."
Regardless, the very basic concern is that a person - with a dog - was able to just enter and walk a hall of the school unchecked. Another lapse of security?

George Croix

Although not a 'certified expert', I still maintain that in a setting such as a school, the front door should NOT be the first line of defense against unauthorized entry, nor should the first point be unmanned.
Just like a football stadium has a manned, perimeter defense against unauthorized entry without a ticket to see a game played.....
Perspective...

Jose' Boix

This "incident" seems akin to the "lapse of enforcement/compliance" allowing a hooded student create the sad scene we all remember. Hopefully this "incident" will serve to close the apparent safety/security gaps that exist. It is concerning though, that finding such "gap" happened the way it was reported. I would think that schools have set planned procedures to test/check safety/security systems; obviously not here. Just my thoughts.

George Croix

"Selective sustained attention, also known as focused attention, is the level of attention that produces the consistent results on a task over time. Common estimates of the attention span of healthy teenagers and adults range from 10 to 20 minutes...."

Well, that's what the Wiki's says, but, a good case could be made that they are probably right...............

Daniel Rojas

“A 23-year-old woman charged with trespassing in the high school where the deadliest campus shooting in Texas history “
Hmmm I thought 14 people were shot and killed August 1st 1966 at UT Austin was the deadliest shooting on a Texas Campus?

Carlos Ponce

If you include the unborn child, Charles Whitman shot and killed 16. Claire Wilson was 8 months pregnant and shot through the abdomen which killed her unborn baby boy.

Daniel Rojas

Yes, but he was referring to Texas’ campuses.

Carlos Ponce

Just correcting your information, Daniel "I thought 14 people" should be 16 people.

James Reeves

School Security should have tested their TASERs on her to make sure they weren't broken.

Carlos Ponce

With the possibility of students looking on, the best course was to de-escalate the situation and take her into custody which is what happened. While she did not seem to pose a threat to anyone on campus she was still in the wrong. Decisions were made by well trained personnel. They acted properly.

George Croix

[thumbup]
Now, need to work on how to keep such actions being needed in the first place....
At least SF Security confronts situations, rather than hide from them....a BIG plus right there...
And the last thing needed was to turn a person determined to be unarmed and not resisting into a 'brutality martyr' for the MSM to go on and on about.....

Jarvis Buckley

O tolerance , nothing about this adds up.

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