Shooting threat made at junior high

Published 4:33 pm Friday, February 2, 2007

Two days of bomb threats at Picayune Memorial High School were copied in a way at the Picayune Jr. High, this time with the threat of a shooting.

On Wednesday, an eighth grade Picayune Junior High student is suspected of writing a threat that a shooting would take place Friday, Deputy Chief David Ervin said. The student involved in this incident was not linked to the incidents that took place at the high school, said Brent Harrell, interim superintendent for Picayune School District.

Campus security was beefed up for school Friday with three extra Picayune Police Officers, Ervin said. Ervin said the threat was found at the junior high Wednesday after the conclusion of the second bomb threat investigation at the high school. After school Thursday, the department had the eighth grade student in custody, the deputy chief said.

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Again, the threat was written on a boys bathroom wall, which said a shooting that was to take place at the junior high on Friday.

“Be assured the police take these things very seriously at the school and we do everything to protect our children, Ervin said.”

Harrell was not able to comment on whether the threat had caused a fall off in student attendance at the school.

“We should know in about 10 minutes,” Harrell said just before school was to start.