MULTIPLE SHOOTING THREATS MADE AGAINST TWO WEST ALABAMA HIGH SCHOOLS
Two West Alabama high schools were on alert today after multiple shooting threats were made online.
Greene County High School in Eutaw and Sumter Central High School in York both had threats made against them, but classes carried on as normal and there are no reports of injuries or weapons found at the school.
A heavy police presence covered the perimeter of both schools all day and detectives told the media the threats were made on Facebook by fake accounts.
On Facebook, the Greene County High School threat was posted to an account with the name “Mike Rode.” The person behind the account claimed they would be shooting up the school at 12:30 and named specific targets including the school’s Principal Gary Rice and Assistant Principal Toice Goodson.
Someone hiding behind the name “George Lucas” made the Sumter Central threat and identified themselves as a freshman. The person then went on to claim they would be shooting up Sumter at the same time as Greene County.
“It’s serious. It’s a felony. The person responsible will be held accountable and will be put in jail because I take these kids seriously. These are our kids and we love them. We want to provide safety,” said Greene County Sheriff Joe Benison.
Dozens of students checked out of the schools today in fear of their safety.
“I just don’t feel safe. Even with the police here. I just think a better place to be is at home right about now,” said Greene High School senior Camille Fountain.
No suspects have been identified at this time.