Police: Juvenile in custody after school threat

A juvenile is in custody after a social media threat made against Pontotoc High School.

Posted: Oct 5, 2017 7:47 AM
Updated: Oct 5, 2017 7:54 AM

PONTOTOC, Miss. (WTVA) - A juvenile is in custody after a social media threat was made against Pontotoc High School.

The post read, "Las Vegas ain't the biggest shooting. Just wait. Everybody watch out at pontotoc."

Pontotoc Police Chief Randy Tutor says his department was made aware of the threat Monday night around 8:00.

As a precautionary measure, there were extra patrols at all Pontotoc city schools.

However, Pontotoc School District Superintendent Dr. Michelle Bivens says attendance was lower than normal at the high school Tuesday morning.

"We knew that was a possibility," added she added. "We've taken steps to make sure our students and our staff are safe. That is always our primary concern."

Residents in the area were happy, the school and authorities took the threat seriously.

"Well, I think it's best not to take it for a joke because these days you never know," said Ann Smiley, a Pontotoc resident.

"I'm glad they responded the way they did and took it seriously," added Karye Barton, a former student at Pontotoc High School. "If somebody would've went to the school and did that it would have been horrible."

Tutor says the incident is under investigation.





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