Social media data is raising concern among students, staff, and parents at Mt. Pleasant Middle School (MPMS).
A message was posted Monday evening on Snapchat, likely sent by a student. The letter read, “So if you don’t want to die, don’t come to school tomorrow.” This message was widely shared among parents and students on social media.
The school followed established protocol and immediately contacted law enforcement as soon as the apparent threat was reported to school officials. During the evening of Monday, November 15, parents received an email from MPMS Director Darby Weaver stating that the school was aware of the statement.
“We are working closely with law enforcement to address concerns and ensure a safe day at MPMS tomorrow,” Weaver said.
At this time, after local authorities spoke with the student who allegedly spread the threat, they determined that the threat was not credible and that MPMS students and staff were safe.
“Threats to the lives of others, whether those threats are verbal, written or posted on social media, is a serious matter that will be fully investigated,” said Justin Now, a youth services officer with the Mount Pleasant Police Department. “We would like to reassure Mount Pleasant Middle School students, staff and families that this situation has been promptly investigated by our department, and it has been determined that there is no real threat to the safety of our schools.”
Disciplinary action is taken in accordance with the students’ code of conduct and the legal system.
“The safety of our students, staff, and families is our number one priority at Mount Pleasant Public Schools. We would like to thank our local police for quickly addressing the situation and ensuring the safety of our students and staff. I would also like to thank the staff, students, and parents who reported the threat message,” said Superintendent Jennifer Verleger. “We take these matters very seriously, and have zero tolerance for this behavior in Mount Pleasant schools. We encourage parents to talk to their children about the dangerous repercussions that can come from the things they say or post online and on social media.”