DeSoto County Schools investigating shooting threat

DESOTO COUNTY, MS (WMC) - FBI investigators are urging people to say something if they see something after Wednesday's deadly school shooting in Florida.

That is what one person did in North Mississippi on Thursday about a school threat.

The threat is directed at Center Hill Middle School. It came in an email, claiming a credible source said there will be a shooting Friday afternoon when classes let out.

WMC Action News 5 confirmed with DeSoto County Sheriff Bill Rasco that the threat is being investigated.

Most of the parents in line to pick up their children said they are aware of the threat because they got an email from DeSoto County Schools on Wednesday, alerting them to the threat.

The email also said law enforcement had been notified and investigators could not substantiate the threat, so regular school activities should go on.

Extra patrols and security will be stationed at Center Hill Middle as a precaution.

WMC talked with parents who said they are frightened, and one parent said this is not the first threat at the school.

"The kids came home and told us about a possible threat towards the school," parent Mary Bougard said. "But we didn't get a notification until like two days later."

One 7th grade student at Center Hill, who did not want to be identified, said students are scared and aren't going to school tomorrow,

"They was like they're going to tell their parents they don't want to come,, and they're going to stay home just to be on the safe side," the 7th grader said.

Another parent, who did not want to be identified, has a daughter in the 8th grade and said there is a lot of bullying on social media.

"I'm very concerned," he said. "The kids are afraid to say anything. The rule is snitches get stitches."

Parents hope whoever is making the threats is found soon.

"I just trust that they are going to do what they need to get the student out of the school."

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