Security increased at White Station High School after threat found in bathroom

Security increased at White Station High School after threat found in bathroom

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Shelby County Schools increased the number of security officers at White Station High School after a threat against the school was found on a bathroom wall on Monday.

The message read, "I will kill everyone."

According to SCS, no evidence was found to "substantiate the threat, but we're still taking extra safety measures."

Parents and students learned about the threat on social media, but with help from Shelby County deputies school went off without a hitch Tuesday.

"We have a ready response team in the area just to make sure kids understand that school is for learning," Shelby County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Chip Washington said.

SCS also increased the use of metal detectors at school entrances.

LeAnna Ritter is a graduate of White Station and now volunteers in the classroom. She believes the recent threats at the school and others in the area are a ploy from students seeking the spotlight.

"I think it's ridiculous," Ritter said. "I also think it has to do with them wanting attention"

White Station is an optional high school in which parents camp out to get their students enrolled. Ritter says these threats won't ruin the school's reputation.

Classes were in session as scheduled on the campus without interruption. Ritter says she's supports the districts decision to take extra precaution and would rather they be safe than sorry.

"If it means saving somebody from even feeling uncomfortable at school, because this is one place that no one should ever feel uncomfortable."

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