UPDATE: Aberdeen police investigating school threat

Aberdeen police are actively investigating a school threat, but it has been deemed invalid.

Posted: May 3, 2018 10:23 AM
Updated: May 3, 2018 7:38 PM

Editor's Note: This article has been updated since its publication

ABERDEEN, Miss. (WTVA) - Aberdeen police are actively investigating a school threat, but it has been deemed invalid.

Aberdeen School District Superintendent Jeff Clay says the social media post, mentioning Belle Elementary School, was brought to the attention of school administrators Thursday morning.

Aberdeen Interim Police Chief Quinell Shumpert says a text on Instagram was shown to officers. He says the post was checked out and determined it was not a valid threat.

"That stated he or she will shoot up the school during 5th period," Shumpert said. 

The interim chief says investigators believe the threat was prompted due to an argument between two 5th graders.

"They were just kids, one mad at the other and so they posted it," he continued.

According to Clay, police advised there appeared to be no immediate danger.

Shumpert says children must understand that making a school threat is a serious matter.

Police say they have not decided what, if any, actions will be taken against the student.

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