Police Investigate Social Media Threat Directed At Reynolds High School

Police Investigate Social Media Threat Directed At Reynolds High School

4:54pm May 13, 2019
KERI BROWN/WFDD

Some Reynolds High School parents kept their kids at home on Monday after a social media post threatened gun violence on campus. Police are investigating the matter.

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School officials say they first became aware of a concerning Snapchat post on Sunday, showing a picture of two guns, with text that references Reynolds.

School system officials say at this point, the threat has not been found to be credible. District spokesman Brent Campbell says they hope parents, students and community members will think twice before reposting messages like this one.

“Oftentimes you may be reposting something that’s not accurate, that’s not true, that’s not right or an altering of what was out there, so as you repost you add another layer to that process. So, we really encourage folks to report and not repost,” says Campbell.

It’s not clear who is responsible for the original post, and the Winston-Salem Police Department has added additional security at Reynolds High School.

Campbell says the district and law enforcement take all threats very seriously and the perpetrators could face charges and disciplinary action from the school system.

Winston-Salem police are also investigating an incident at Northwest Middle School. A school resource officer was alerted by school administration on Monday that a student was in possession of a handgun within a classroom. The involved student was located and the weapon was found in a book bag.

Police say a preliminary investigation indicates there were no direct threats made to any student or staff. Juvenile criminal charges will be sought in the investigation.

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