Online Threats Of Violence Surround Day At Theodore High

Online Threats Of Violence Surround Day At Theodore High

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THEODORE, Ala. -

It turned out to be a quiet day on campus.  The night before, social media was buzzing with questions about fights or planned shootings at the school.  School officials say those rumors prompted extra security on campus.

“From what I understand there were several they covered the gamut of what was going to happen what they heard was going to happen,” says school spokesman Nancy Pierce.  It started with three different fights yesterday involving a total of seven students.  They were suspended and arrested but a war of words continued online.  Police cars were at the school all day and we saw officers patrolling the campus. 

The principal sent out a robo-call at nine Thursday morning saying they were taking every precaution.

"We've had some stuff put on Facebook that's just false, if you have any information about the safety of this school I will look into it immediately," said Principal Ronald Rowell in his recorded message.  Some parents were upset they weren't notified about the threats sooner.  We asked the superintendent about that.

“When it's a fight that's been handled that happens in schools, so that was the reason,” says Peek.  “I think if every time something happened if it were just a fight on a school campus if we had a major event and it went out maybe people wouldn't pay as much attention.”   

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