SHELBY COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — After looking into a reported school shooting threat against Shelby County Schools that had been rumored on social media, police have determined the threat is not credible.
According to a press release from the school system, the post made on social media details that the alleged attack would take place on Wednesday. An exact school location is marked out, but not specifically identified in the post.
According to the school system, the Snapchat post originated outside the state and there were variations of it that had similarly circulated across the internet. Similar threats have also been reported in Jasper and Oxford.
Shelby County Schools leaders say that out of caution, extra security precautions will be in place Wednesday for all schools in the district.
Oxford Police Chief Bill Partridge says they will also have extra patrols within the school district to ensure students and teachers are safe.
“We will have beefed up security at all of our schools tomorrow and we will make sure that our children are safe,” Partridge said.
Jasper City Schools released this statement to parents; detailing their plans for tomorrow. Jasper Police Chief J.C Poe released this statement on how they will help the schools:
“We, along with other law enforcement agencies, are continuing to investigate the alleged threats made against schools. We always regard any threat to the safety of our children and school personnel with the utmost seriousness. In this case, we are also looking into those people who are continuing to spread this message to incite fear and panic in our children and their families. Out of an abundance of caution, we will be increasing officer presence and security at the schools for the remainder of the week.”
Parents throughout Central Alabama like Rachel Hartsell say Tuesday was an emotional roller coaster of a day.
“The fear something like Columbine or Sandy Hook could happen in our local schools. That puts people on edge,” Hartsell said.
She tells CBS 42 she isn’t sure if she will send her kids to school because of the threat because she wants to know if all schools will be equally protected.
“There doesn’t need to be a disparity in what kind of police presence is there protecting our children,” Hartsell said.
Chief Partridge assures parents like Hartsell all of law enforcement will do everything they can to keep their children safe. And Hartsell believes Tuesday’s threats show how much schools need protection.
“And it’s reflective of our need as a society to increase school safety on an equal basis,” Hartsell said.
Chief Partridge urges parents, even students, if they see any threaten posts to always reach out to local law enforcement.