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December 10, 2021

Tupelo Schools react to possible threat after reading concerned parent post

Therese Apel

Screenshot courtesy of the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal

The Tupelo Public School District and Tupelo Police Department are working together Friday morning as police investigate threats against the middle and high schools.

According to Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal’s Blake Alsup, the TPSD has alerted parents that they are “aware of reported threats to the middle school and high school.”

Officials say the threat, which came in the form of a Facebook post that has since been deleted, is being taken seriously with the understanding that safety is the school district’s top priority.

The post, made by Darrien Linton, said that “one of the students is planning on shooting up some other students because they were jumped.”

Linton went on to post that the middle school has a skating party Friday and all of the kids will be in one place.

“Let’s get in front of this now and not in front of a church later,” he wrote, with #SaveOurChildren following.

TPSD Director of Communications Gregg Ellis told Alsup that extra security has been sent to the schools but none of them have been locked down.

Ellis said so far no further information related to that threat has been uncovered.

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