UPDATE (2:21 p.m.) — Mobile Police say that a 17-year-old who threatened to shoot up several local schools escaped by slipping out of handcuffs.
Police say that when the teen was taken to Strictland Youth Center he was handcuffed behind his back. But as he was taken out of the car, he was able to slip out of the cuffs and run through a gate before it closed completely. MPD tells News 5 that officers are supposed to wait for that gate to close before taking suspects out of the vehicle. It’s unclear why the officer did not do so.
UPDATE (12:08 p.m.)
UNEDITED PRESS RELEASE:
Mobile, Ala. – On Thursday, October 30, 2019 in the late evening, police received calls in reference to threats being made to shoot up Vigor High School located in Prichard, Alabama via social media. Officers then received additional information that more threats had been made against, Leflore, Williams and B.C Rain High Schools as well. Through the course of the investigation, MPD investigators were able to locate the source of the threats and a suspect. The suspect, a 17-year-old male juvenile was taken into custody and transported to Strickland Youth Center.
The juvenile arrived at the Youth Center and once there was able to escape the custody of the transporting officers when they arrived. The juvenile was last seen running towards Carver State Vocational Technical School located at 2282 Costarides Street at approximately 6:10 a.m. Officers are still actively search for the juvenile and asking for the publics help and those that may know the juvenile to please call (251)208-7211 if they know his whereabouts.
MPD will still have officers in and around the areas of the schools listed in the threats through the day.
UPDATE (8:45 a.m.) – Mobile Police say the teenager arrested for the school threats has escaped custody. Police are searching the Toulminville area for him.
UPDATE (7:20 a.m.) — A spokesperson for Mobile County Public Schools now says only one teenager has been arrested for the social media threats.
UPDATE (6:10 a.m.) A spokesperson for Mobile County Public Schools confirms two teenagers have been arrested for social media posts threatening violence on Halloween.
Rena Phillips tells News 5 the teens told police the threats were a prank.
MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — Mobile County Schools and local authorities are responding to school threats circulating social media.
The Mobile County Public School System says the threats feature a clown’s face, mentioning several area schools.
News 5 received a photo of one of the threats against Vigor High School saying they would shoot up the school tomorrow, Wednesday, on Halloween.
MCPSS says they are responding to the threats, “treating these as we would any threat, with the utmost seriousness.”
The school district says they “and the cyber crimes units of local law enforcement are working together to ensure the safety of all schools mentioned.”
Vigor High School is in the Prichard Police jurisdiction, but Mobile Police say they are aware of the threats to the schools and are actively investigating.
The Mobile County Sheriff’s Office says they are also aware of the threats made to Vigor High School. They are working with the Prichard Police Department, who says they are also aware.
“MCSO will assist should Prichard Police need our assistance.”
Mobile County Schools says they plan to have a police presence at these schools tomorrow.