District investigates gun violence threat at JMS

From Local Sources

JASPER — Jasper Middle School administrators were made aware Thursday that a student made a threatening statement regarding gun violence in school.

An investigation into the threat was completed and the Jasper Police Department was contacted, according to a message from Greater Jasper Consolidated Schools Superintendent Tracy Lorey. Both the school and police department will continue to investigate the situation with consequences likely for the student.

It was determined students and staff were never in any danger, according to Lorey.
The school district said the student making the report did the right thing by reporting the issue. Students are always encouraged to follow a “See Something, say Something” approach with safety concerns, according to Lorey’s message.

“The use of such threats as a means to harass or intimidate is not a laughing matter and will result in both school and legal consequences for students who choose to make the choice to do so,” Lorey said. “We encourage parents to talk with their children about the consequences of such decisions.”

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