ECSO investigates social media threats

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 4, 2020

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On Feb. 26, the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office responded to threats made on social media. ECSO investigators along with Atmore Police Department investigators opened an investigations into threats that were made on social media, “in reference to causing harm at Escambia County Middle School.”

According to Sheriff Heath Jackson, 2 juveniles were identified as suspects and both individuals were  taken into custody, on the 26th and 28th.

The school responded quickly to the threats. “All emergency protocols were activated and due to efforts by school staff, administrators, parents, and law enforcement, we were able to insure that no child was placed in a dangerous situation and we were able to maintain the goal of educating our children in a safe environment,” Jackson said.

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With a proactive approach, Jackson encouraged the community to begin monitoring social media more closely. “We would like to ask the parents in the community to monitor their children’s social media platforms and remind them that threats are not something to joke about,” he concluded.