BILOXI, Miss. (WXXV) — Don’t be alarmed if you see more police on patrol and stationed at Biloxi schools this morning.
The increased security and police presence is a cautionary measure after several reports of threats made on social media against Biloxi schools.
Biloxi Public School District officials say after receiving multiple reports of the social media threat, they immediately reached out to local law enforcement, providing them with all relevant information.
A spokesperson with the district released a statement last night stating in part, “We received multiple reports this evening concerning a social media threat against Biloxi schools…even though the source of the threat has been addressed, we will still have a police presence at all schools … for precautionary measures.”
According to last night’s press release, police visited several homes and action has been taken with all involved parties.
School officials want to thank the many individuals that reached out with screenshots and information concerning the threat. They want to stress to students that all threats are taken seriously and will result in serious consequences.
There has been no official word yet on whether anyone has been or will be charged in this case. Under the new Senate Bill 2141, known as the Mississippi Terroristic Threats Law, threats made toward educational institutions is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.