Social Media Threats Unfounded

Friday, February 16, 2018 - 10:48am

Flagler Schools has been made aware of a social media post making its rounds threatening violence at schools. The original Snapchat post was sent by a student in Spartanburg, South Carolina and police there arrested the student yesterday. He told authorities it was meant as a joke.

However, as we see far too often these days, this post has taken on a life of its own. Nationwide there are reports of people changing the caption of the same photo to include threats to specific schools.

Our local law enforcement is aware of these posts and has determined they are not credible threats. Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly says, “There is not a credible threat to any Flagler School. However we take all threats with great seriousness and investigate any threats made in Flagler County. We continue to stress, if you see something - say something.” Sheriff Staly adds you can report directly to the Flagler Sheriff’s Office at 386-313-4911. Describe specifically what was observed such as who or what was seen, when and where it was seen, and why it seemed suspicious. If there is an emergency, call 9-1-1. Do not use social media to report suspicious activities. Social media is not closely monitored by the Sheriff’s Office.

Since the horrific shooting in Parkland, Florida earlier this week, we all are sensitive to any type of threats made against our schools and our students. We will continue to work closely with our law enforcement partners to ensure our campuses are safe for our students, teachers, and staff.