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.
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.”
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.
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.”
“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.
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