Police investigating school threats in Pontotoc, Oxford

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Updated Article - Two juveniles are suspected of being involved in threats made to schools in Pontotoc, Oxford and Tupelo.

Posted: Aug 16, 2019 5:42 AM
Updated: Aug 16, 2019 2:32 PM

PONTOTOC, Miss. (WTVA) - Threats made in text messages about Oxford and Pontotoc schools were deemed "not credible," according to Pontotoc Police Chief Randy Tutor.

This comes one day after similar threats were made in Tupelo, prompting Tupelo Middle School and Pierce Street Elementary School to issue partial lockdowns Thursday.

Tutor said Tupelo, Pontotoc and Oxford police are aware of the threats. All three departments are investigating.

Two juveniles are in custody, Tutor said. Police believe they are the only people involved in sending the messages.

In a joint press conference Friday, Tupelo police and the Tupelo Public School District confirmed the two arrests in relation to threats made in Tupelo.

Tupelo Police Chief Bart Aquirre confirmed the incidents in Pontotoc, Oxford and Tupelo are all related.

"Thanks to Pontotoc Police Department and Oxford Police Department who actually broke this case for us," he said.

"As far as seriousness, people need to know that we will take these threats as top priority," Oxford Police Chief Jeff McCutchen said. "We will pour every resource into an investigation to keep our schools safe!"

Editor's Note: This article was modified Friday afternoon to include information about Tupelo.

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