On Friday, August 16, 2019, the Lee County Sheriff’s Department received information about a threat that had been made. The threat was made via social media and contained the following language, “we will be shooting up Okolona and Shannon Schools also, don’t go to party or game tonight or you WILL DIE.”
The Lee County Sheriff’s Department has a School Resource Officer (SRO) assigned to the Shannon School District and was on campus when the threat was discovered. There was a heavy presence of Law Enforcement on campus shortly after receiving the threat. Shannon Schools were placed on lockdown and remained in that status until school was dismissed shortly after 3 pm.
Late Friday afternoon, the Lee County Sheriff’s Department was able to confirm the threat was made by a student that does not attend Shannon School. A pickup order from Youth Court was issued. There are three individuals that have been connected to this threat and will appear in Youth Court at a later date. Youth Court will be handling the judicial proceedings on this matter. The juveniles age range from 14-15 years old.
On Sunday, August 19, 2019, the Lee County Sheriff’s Department received information about a threat that had been made. The threat was made via social media and contained the following language, “just know we will be shooting up Nettleton School Monday.”
The Lee County Sheriff’s Department began the investigation and determined that the threat came from a juvenile. There are also several other juveniles involved with this threat. The Lee County Sheriff’s Department has a SRO assigned to Nettleton School Campus, however, there were no students on campus at the time of these threats and no action for immediate safety was needed. Youth Court will be handling all judicial proceeding at a later date. The age of these individuals is 12 years old.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Department had greater presences at Nettleton School today for precautionary purposes, but contrary to what the Daily Journal reported, Nettleton School was not placed on lockdown.
The fact that these messages are sent via social media, heightens the chances that they will be disseminated by many individuals that will causes disruption to a school setting. I can assure you that my primary goal in these matters to the safety of our school campuses. We are fortunate, with the help of Lee County School and Nettleton School Board, that we can furnish SRO’s at these campuses. We will not tolerate such acts toward our campuses, faculty and students. We will continue to monitor the situation and take the necessary steps to keep our school campuses safe.
I would like to thank the Lee County School Administration, Okolona School Administration, Shannon Police Department, and Okolona Police Department for their assistance in these matters.