Student taken into custody for threat against Florence Middle School

Student taken into custody for threat against Florence Middle School
(Source: Gray News)

BRANDON, Miss. (WLBT) - There’s a heavy law enforcement presence at two Rankin County schools, after threatening behavior by two juveniles.

Sharon Patrick, Public Relations Manager, Rankin County School District says two different threats were made by individual students.

Patrick says police took a student into custody after a threat at Florence Middle School.

At Brandon Middle School, there was only a potential threat, the district says.

“All threats are taken very seriously and are fully investigated,” Sharon Patrick said.

Brandon Assistant Police Chief Chris Butts says this all started on social media, although he didn’t offer the media any specifics.

Here’s the email the district sent out to alert parents:

“Last night, January 27, 2021, Brandon Middle School administrators were notified that a potential threat to Brandon Middle School was made on social media. All threats are taken very seriously. The Brandon Police Department, along with officials from the Rankin County School District acted quickly to assess the threat and identify those responsible for the threat. Law enforcement has handled the situation. There will be extra law enforcement present today as an extra precaution.

The safety of our children is the top priority for the Brandon Police Department and the Rankin County School District. The quick actions of officers and school district officials helped to make sure that our schools continue to be a safe place to learn and grow. Extra patrols will be in and around the Brandon schools in the coming days as an extra precaution and to show the commitment of the Brandon Police Department and RCSD to the safety of our children.”

Police have identified and spoken with both juveniles.

Detectives also say Rankin County Youth Court Judge Tom Broom spoke with one of the students after his mom paid the judge a visit Wednesday morning.

The district says extra law enforcement will be present at both schools this week as a precaution.

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