Social media school threats send Fort Wayne parents into a panic

Several threats to shoot up two Fort Wayne Community Schools surfaced on Facebook this week.

Posted: Feb 27, 2020 11:21 PM
Updated: Feb 28, 2020 3:01 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Recent social media posts have Fort Wayne Community Schools and law enforcement working together to get a handle on the problem.

Last week parents and students were alarmed when a threatning post to shoot a middle school came across their timeline.

Kekionga Middle School Instagram threat

"It actually was before he went to school. I found out before he was getting ready to go to school, so I told him to stay home because I'm not taking any chances," Jacklyn Montgomery said.

This came after another threat regarding Southside High School last week.

Montgomery is especially concerned since she has children at both schools.

"You hear everyday about the shootings on TV, and everyone's like we never thought this would happen," Mongomery added.

Fort Wayne Community Schools alerted parents that the threats weren't credible, but by then they had already spread far and wide.

"We hear lots of rumors. They aren't always involving a threat, but we hear rumors and so we want to do our best to make sure that when we share information with parents, it's valid information. We are not going to cause undue anxiety or panic. We want to keep a safe learning environment. Part of keeping a safe learning environment is making sure the building is calm," Krista Stockman said.

District spokeswoman Krista Stockman said whenever the district hears something, they work with police right away.

"The only way we can address the issue to see if it's a real threat is through investigating," she explained.

Sgt. Jim Seay with the Fort Wayne Police Department said these kinds of threats are always taken seriously, and lead to time behind bars once they find out who's behind the post.

"It can range from 1- 6 years with a $10,000 fine," Sgt. Jim Seay said.

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