Threat made to Northwest Middle School

Published: Jan. 25, 2021 at 4:14 PM CST
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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - The Meridian Public School District is investigating a threat made on social media Monday morning to Northwest Middle School.

MPSD informed parents of the threat in a Facebook post and automated message.

Parent Marlo Turner says she was scared when the school contacted her.

“The information just wasn’t enough for me to make a decision. So, I just felt kind of, just a lot of things were going through my head at the time,” Turner said.

Turner says she decided to keep her son at home until the situation is resolved.

“For safety reasons, I, as a parent, would’ve liked more information. But I understand what is going on. They we’re probably limited on giving information at that time.” Turner said, “And I just did the best thing I felt like I could do. I understand some parents sent their kids to school. I just wasn’t comfortable sending mine.”

MPSD Public Relations Director Matt Davis says the top priority is the safety of students and staff on campus.

“We’re going to take that seriously. We want to make sure that our staff, students and their families are as safe as possible. And again, just taking these threats seriously,” Davis said.

The district is not releasing the specific threat but wants parents to know the situation is under investigation.

“The school is actually on controlled movement right now. And basically, what that means is the students’ movement on campus is limited,” Davis said. “They will keep them in classrooms, and they will do all of their learning kind of like a virtual schedule for today within their classroom.”

Davis says if everything is resolved, students will go back to their normal schedules Tuesday.

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