Student arrested after making false claim that another student threatened school

UPDATE: Flowood Police Chief Richie McCluskey said a 15-year-old  Northwest Rankin High School student has been arrested for alleging another student was a threat to the school. 

Police said the fake threat posted on social media  included a photo of a student with a warning he was armed and dangerous.

Law enforcement officers receive information about the post Tuesday night and launched an investigation with the  school’s administration.

Chief McCluskey said they determined the threat was not real.

“We take these social media threats very seriously and have a strong message for students and parents- We want the students to think before they post because what they post could have serious repercussions and consequences as with this student being arrested today. We also encourage parents to talk with their kids and remind them that social media postings such as the one today causes unnecessary concern and resources that can be better used elsewhere”.

The teen is charged with disseminating threatening information and could face up to 6 months in jail.

RANKIN COUNTY, Miss. (WJTV) — Rankin County authorities said they received calls about a social media post regarding a possible threat at Northwest Rankin High School.

Authorities said the safety of the students was not in jeopardy at any time.

Investigators from the sheriff’s department and Flowood Police went to the school and was there when the student who they said was the focus of the post arrived. Authorities said the student was taken inside and counseled.

Deputies said there was no evidence to support this student made any threats toward the school.

They also stated that Flowood investigators had identified the student who made the post; they said police and school administrators would deal with that student.

Below is a statement from the school district about the incident:

We did have what we thought was a potential threat of violence. We take all potential threats seriously, and the situation was investigated by our administration in conjunction with law enforcement.  The situation is handled, and no one was ever in harms way. Our students, teachers, and staff are safe. NWRHS is operating normally.  — Kristen Windham, Director of Public Relations, RCSD


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