UPDATE: Mobile Police increase presence on school campuses after threat against ‘BHS’

Mobile County

UPDATE (10/8 10:25 a.m.) — Mobile Police have extra officers on certain campuses.

The following is a press release from the Mobile Police Department:

” The Mobile Police Department, Field Operations and Criminal Investigations Divisions, in conjunction with the Gulf Coast Technology Center are actively investigating and assessing the potential threat regarding a school safety event.  Currently, there is no specific connection to any specific school other than the fact that school initials, which may apply to any one of several local schools, were used. The Mobile Police Department has added an increased presence of officers at any potentially related schools within their jurisdiction. Other jurisdictions outside of the city are also working this same case as it may or may not have applicable school initials within their respective jurisdiction. This is a national trend, of generic threat messages, resurfacing and/or reposted through wide circulation and reposting. The Mobile Police Department and the Gulf Coast Technology Center urge parents and students to please refrain from reposting or recirculating posts mentioning potential school threats. Instead, please call police immediately.  “

MOBILE COUNTY, Ala. (WKRG) — Many parents in the Mobile County area have expressed concerns over a snap making its rounds on Snapchat with a threat of a shooting at “BHS.”

The Snapchat reads, “I’m shooting bhs up on Tuesday Afternoon so be there.”

Now, there is no mention of an exact school in the snap feeds that have been shared to News 5 and on social media, as there are several high schools in the area with the acronym ‘BHS.’

Several parents have shared their concerns on the Grand Bay Friends Facebook group, many saying they will keep their kids home Tuesday. Some parents have also mentioned the threat against a ‘BHS’ that circulated Snapchat in September of last year that originated to a student at a high school in Georgia. There was another ‘BHS’ threat on Snapchat in February 2018 originating out of New Mexico. In both cases, the students were arrested.

We have reached out to the Mobile County Public School System for comment on their security plans for tomorrow, as well as the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office and Mobile Police Department.

The Mobile County Sheriff’s Office says if there was an active situation, they will respond and investigate.

This is a developing story.

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