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Lee County School brings in extra officers after social media posts

Families with students in the Lee County School System received an email Friday morning about social media posts and student safety, but the Lee County superintendent said there is no threat to their schools. / Photo: Mary Green

Families with students in the Lee County School System received an email Friday morning about social media posts and student safety, but the Lee County superintendent said there is no threat to their schools.

The email said, “We were made aware last night of some social media posts being shared that contained concerning statements. We took immediate steps to investigate, including involving law enforcement. An investigation showed that these statements concerned only one school (LCMS West) and that student safety was not in danger. Please note that we take all threats seriously, as the safety of our children is always our top priority. All schools will be in session today.”

Superintendent Jason Miller said the social media post indicated that someone else had made an imminent threat to Lee County Middle School West.

“The information was based on an incident that we had that had already been dealt with, and law enforcement and school officials had already addressed the issue,” Miller said, adding there was no threat to their schools Friday.

Miller said they did call in extra law enforcement to Lee County Middle School West on Friday morning, and those officers and deputies would remain there throughout the day. He said classes were not affected on any of their campuses.

“We just encourage people to be careful what they put on social media,” Miller said. “If they don’t have all the facts, or they’re not in a position of authority or they don’t know all the information, they need to be careful about what they post because it has great potential to influence a lot of people.”

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