Social media threat leads to increased security at 2 Haywood Co. schools

HAYWOOD COUNTY, Tenn. — Authorities are looking into a threat made on social media against two local schools.

The investigation began after several parents alerted the Haywood County Middle School principal of a threat on Facebook that was linked to the middle school and high school.

Superintendent Joey Hassell says they contacted local law enforcement for an increased presence of officers at the schools Monday in response to the threat.

“We had an increased presence with our sheriff’s department and our police department on campus, dismissal went off okay this (Monday) afternoon,” said Hassell.

Hassell says there were no issues Monday at either of the schools, but that you can help keep their students safe.

“If folks are aware of something, if they see something, say something. Keep us aware. We appreciate that,” Hassell said.

Hassell says there will be an increased presence of officers at the schools for the rest of the week.

Brownsville Assistiant Police Chief Kelvin Evans says they are still looking for the person who made the post.
Investigators are trying to figure out if the person who allegedly caused the threat is responsible for the social media post or if the the post was done by a hacker.

No one is in custody and the case is still under investigation..



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