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Soft lockdown of Lee County schools lifted

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Updated - Lee County investigators have determined a woman made a threat to the Lee County School District.

Posted: Sep 25, 2019 8:16 PM
Updated: Sep 26, 2019 1:41 PM

Update 09/26/19 1:38 p.m.

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Lee County investigators determined a woman is responsible for making a threat to the Lee County School District.

The school district’s superintendent, Jimmy Weeks, notified the Lee County Sheriff’s Department on Wednesday about a threat he received by email.

The district’s schools started Thursday under a soft lockdown, which was lifted later in the morning.

According to the sheriff’s department, investigators found the device and the person who they believed sent the threat.

That person was described as a 28-year-old woman who is special needs and mentally challenged.

Sheriff Jim Johnson provided an update shortly before noon on Thursday.

“We can 100% confirm this subject is the one that made the threat,” the sheriff stated.

He said investigators will provide information to the district attorney for further instructions on prosecution.

Previous update 09/26/19 at 8 a.m.

According to a post on the Lee County Sheriff's Department Facebook page, investigators have a person of interest following a threatening email that was sent to the Lee County School District's superintendent which forced the school district to be under a soft lockdown Thursday.

The person of interest is a 28-year-old female that is a special needs, mentally-challenged adult, according to Sheriff Jim Johnson.

Johnson said they are confident with the results of the investigation and feel there is no longer a threat to the school district.

The original article is below.

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Parents of students in the Lee County School District received an automated call about a lockdown set for Thursday. 

Superintendent Jimmy Weeks confirmed the soft lockdown after he received a threat by email.

He said he alerted the Lee County Sherrif's Office. 

Authorities are now working to track down who sent the threat. 

However, Weeks and the sheriff's department do not believe it is a credible threat. 

Weeks said out of an abundance of caution, there will be extra patrols on campus. 

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