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Threat forces lockdown at Leake County school

Leake Central Junior High was placed under lockdown early this morning after a threat on social media, according to Leake County Sheriff Greg Waggoner.

“There was a message that went out on social media last night that went out to some of the students, and it said ‘don’t come to school tomorrow, it’s going to be a shootout.’ When the school officials were made aware of it this morning, they put the school on lockdown and notified us,” Waggoner said.

Waggoner went on to state that officers quickly arrived and searched the campus and the inside of the school. While no threat was found, they are searching for the person who made the post on social media.

“The sheriff’s department, and Carthage Police responded. We’ve gone through the entire school, searched it, searched all the book bags and we didn’t find anything,” Waggoner said. “Now we’re trying to determine who put this out. Everything is secure, and there were no instances that happened there.”

Leake County School Superintendent Billy Wilbanks confirmed that the lockdown has been lifted, and the school day has resumed.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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