Officials in Hinds, Tupelo, and Amory are investigating threats to local schools.
Hinds County Sheriff Officials stated that Raymond High School notified Deputies just before 9:00 a.m. Friday morning that two Raymond High School students received a text on their cell phones earlier in the morning, “threatening to cause harm to students at the school.”
Investigators on scene determined that the texts came in through a “spoof dial” application in an effort to remain anonymous.
Major Pete Luke issued the following statement on the matter.
“We take all precautions to protect the students and staff. Law Enforcement treats each call as a serious threat. Investigators will be working to identify the source of these threats.”
Sheriff’s Deputies will remain on school grounds throughout the day as a safety precaution.
There are no plans to put the school on lockdown, according to the administrative staff at Raymond High School.
Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call the Hinds County Sheriff’s Office.
On Twitter, the Amory School District stated that East Amory and Amory Middle School were both evacuated after a threatening phone call.
This morning we received a threatening phone call that prompted the temporary evacuations of East Amory and Amory Middle Schools. The Amory Police Dept was notified and checked the buildings for anything unusual. We are currently back in class, everyone is safe and accounted for
— Amory Schools (@AmorySchools) August 24, 2018
In Tupelo, Tupelo Middle School was reportedly evacuated after a bomb threat was called in this morning. Classes at the school resumed after a search of the building and the remainder of the campus.
Assistant Superintendent Andy Cantrell stated that they may have a lead in the case as they try to identify who called in the threat.
The Governor recently created a School Safety Task Force to evaluate strategies to make Mississippi school’s more secure.