1:20 p.m. update: Deputies are dispelling rumors that Nease High School is on lockdown, and that guns have been found at the school.
SJSO says the original, anonymous message that caused an increase in security Wednesday has been found to be not credible.
ALLEN NEASE SCHOOL: Many individuals are spreading information on social media that Allen Nease High School is on LOCK DOWN and that FIREARMS have been located within the school...This is FALSE. The original/anonymous message has been determined to be NOT credible.— SJSO (@SJSOPIO) May 8, 2019
Original story: Additional deputies are keeping watch over Nease High School Wednesday after the St. Johns Sheriff’s Office was made aware of a school shooting threat made on social media.
Investigators said a Nease student received the message from an anonymous sender on SnapChat Tuesday, which read, “Rumor is someone is shooting up the school at 1 p.m.”
Nease HS students told me they got an email from their school last night, saying a threat was made on social media and will increase law enforcement on campus. I’m standing next to 1 of 2 deputies watching the front of the school. @ActionNewsJax @WOKVNews pic.twitter.com/XBjQ9qoYbM— Elizabeth Pace (@PaceAnJax) May 8, 2019
Headed to SJC - From Nease HS Admin:— Elizabeth Pace (@PaceAnJax) May 8, 2019
"There was a threat posted on social media last night and we are working with SJSO to investigate. We will have extra law enforcement on campus today."#anjaxbreaking @ActionNewsJax @WOKVNews
As investigators work to track down the sender, the department assigned additional deputies to patrol the campus.
A spokesperson with the St. Johns County School district told Action News Jax they take every threat seriously and issued a warning of additional deputies on campus to parents.
She also said they are trying to create a sense of normalcy for students. The campus is not on lockdown and they do not have metal detectors. However, they are working closing with deputies throughout their investigation.
- Royal baby: Prince Harry, Meghan Markle offer first look at newborn son
- Duval County School Police lieutenant arrested on out-of-state warrant
- Kid Care Report: Jacksonville after-school program cited for fecal matter smeared on a toilet seat
- Photos: Miami Air plane that skidded off Jacksonville runway moves down St. Johns River on barge
After a deadly shooting at a Colorado school Tuesday, parents said they are not taking chances and pulled their students from school.
“We’re leaving,” Kelly Ann Wulbern said. “My daughter is too precious to me, not doing that.”
“We’re leaving. My daughter is too precious to me, not doing that.”— Elizabeth Pace (@PaceAnJax) May 8, 2019
I've watched several parents pull their students out of Nease HS after the school notified them of a threat. Now some parents are asking for tighter security on campus. Story ahead at noon on @ActionNewsJax. pic.twitter.com/jBPeCegUyG
“I do get frustrated,” Miguel Leon said. “I hope they grab the people and punish them according to the law because this is ridiculous.”
While some parents said they feel like their children are safe around local deputies, others asked for additional security.“I think there are a lot of changes that need to be made, tighter security, armed teachers,” Wulbern said.
© 2019 Cox Media Group.