Arrests made for Tupelo school threats

Two juveniles have been arrested in connection to threatening messages received at two Tupelo schools.

Posted: Aug 16, 2019 10:47 AM
Updated: Aug 16, 2019 9:30 PM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Two juveniles have been arrested in connection to threatening messages received at two Tupelo schools.

The Tupelo Public School District provided an update Friday morning after a threatening text led to a partial lockdown at Tupelo Middle School on Thursday.

However, school superintendent Rob Picou included Tupelo High School in Friday’s update.

“This is an update on the threatening messages that have been received at our middle school and our high school.”

It’s unclear when the threat was made to the high school.

Picou and the Tupelo Police Department held a joint press conference later Friday morning in which they confirmed two juveniles have been arrested.

Police did not identify the two juveniles, nor their hometowns. However, Tupelo Police Chief Bart Aquirre confirmed the arrests were made in Tupelo.

Investigations are also underway into threats made at schools in Oxford and Pontotoc

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," Aguirre said.

He added more arrests are possible and the investigation is ongoing.

The Tupelo school superintendent said the school district saw a significant decrease in attendance Friday.

"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!"

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