PETAL, MS (WDAM) - The Petal School District has concluded an investigation into social media threats made over the weekend.
The student responsible for the false threats, which were made over Snapchat, has been identified following a full investigation over a 36-hour period, according to a Petal School press release. Authorities are confident the juvenile acted alone and the student is being disciplined to the fullest extent under school policy.
Petal Superintendent Dr. Matt Dillon released the following statement:
The social media threats had parents on high alert, but they maintained confidence in the school district's ability to handle the situation. Buffy Morris and Wyn Mims both teach in the Petal School District, and they both have children who attend the high school.
"Officially getting the news from the school district so quickly gave us a sense of calmness. I don't teach my children to live in fear," Mims said.
"I have felt safe all day. It's just been a normal day. The kids have been great, and I think that everything has run smoothly," said Morris.
Morris and Mims said the school district handled the situation quickly and effectively, but it's still a conversation ever parent should have with their children.
The threats were investigated by the Petal Police Department, Forrest County Sheriff's Department and Mississippi Bureau of Investigation.