Area schools take precautions after threats

By NEMS Daily Journal

Area schools in Northeast Mississippi took extra security precautions Monday after threats to a school were made. Nothing has happened and authorities continue to be on heightened alert.

Several schools reported hearing about an online threat of a shooting in the Prentiss County area. There have been no reports of an incident at this time.

Prentiss County Superintendent Randle Downs said he got in touch with law enforcement after getting a call at 6 a.m. this morning from someone had heard about a threat to the school district. Downs said the schools remain on alert and nothing has happened and he can’t confirm or deny the threat was real at this point. A small number of parents have picked students up from the Prentiss County schools, but it has not been widespread.

New Albany Superintendent Jackie Ford said they had a semi lock down extra police presence, and Union County schools were locked down just until police arrived. Nothing happened on either campus.

Other schools including Baldwyn, Booneville, Lee County and Tupelo also reported responding with additional law enforcement or heightened alert, but nothing had happened and school was going on as normal.