UPDATE 3/26/2019 2:15 p.m.: The Marshall County Sheriff’s Department says a boy who is a student at Byhalia Middle School is in custody.
He faces multiple charges for cyberstalking. The boy’s name is not being released.
(ORIGINAL STORY 3/26/2019 9:00 a.m.)
A social media threat made against students and staff in Marshall County Schools severely impacted attendance in Byhalia, Mississippi Tuesday. According to school officials, the post was posted on Instagram Monday night.
Officials said parents have been notified of the threats, and “precautions are being taken to keep students and personnel safe.”
All morning Monday, multiple law enforcement agencies could be seen on school campus. They included Mississippi State Troopers, Byhalia Police, and deputies with the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department.
Dr. Lela Hale, the Marshall County superintendent, alerted parents that they had the choice of sending their children to school Tuesday or not.
Officials did not disclose the details of the threats made against the school, or who is behind them, but Local 24 News obtained screen shots of the threats.
Pictures posted by Facebook user Danni Newson detail a person making threats to shoot up and stab several people at Byhalia Middle School in Marshall County, Mississippi.
Screen shots of the post from Instagram user “byhalia-middle-people-numbers” stated they were bringing a knife and gun to school and will slice people’s throats and kill teachers. The post went on to read that six people will be shooting a list of about 25 people they don’t like.
Marshall County School Superintendent Lela Hale sent Local 24 News the following statement:
“While investigators continue to actively investigate the social media threats made against Byhalia Middle School students and personnel, they have identified the one responsible for the page. The page has been taken down. Law enforcement are dealing with those involved. The MCSD is grateful that law and school officials will continue to take the necessary steps to ensure our students, faculty, and staff are safe.”