SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. — Several Shelby County schools were recently placed on lockdown following multiple threats on social media.
SCS confirmed at least three schools were put on precautionary lockdowns while security investigated a possible social media threat Monday.
At Kirby High School, resource officers located a gun on someone before it got into the building.
Southwind High School was put on a precautionary lockdown after one student was shot and killed, SCS confirmed.
Over the weekend, Kingsbury High School was placed on lockdown after a report of a weapon inside the building.
SCS later confirmed no weapons were inside the school.
The district investigated a social media threat against Central High School that later turned out to be low-risk.
SCS confirmed an increase in violent threats in recent weeks, primarily over social media.
School leaders said while the majority of threats are unsubstantiated, threats of any kind are fully investigated.
SCS is asking parents to call the safety tips line or police if they see or hear of any threat.
Making a real or fake threat toward a school can mean serious consequences, including prosecution.
Some parents have complained about a lack of communication from the district regarding threats.
“I want to reemphasize our protocol on sharing information with families,” an SCS representative said. “Until a threat is found to be credible we don’t want to disrupt learning. We don’t want to disrupt the day of our students or our parents who are at work.”
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