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Marshall High School investigating violence threat

MARSHALL — Marshall High School is investigating an incident of a student making comments about school violence, after school officials received tips Monday night. MHS Principal Brian Jones said parents were notified of the incident through by e-mail and phone, and police officers were requested to be at the school Tuesday.

Although the investigation into the threat was ongoing, Jones said Tuesday was a normal school day, and no other incidents had taken place.

In an e-mail message that was sent out to parents Tuesday morning, Jones said MHS had received “multiple tips” about a social media post, referencing a situation that happened at school on Monday afternoon. The post said a student had made a comment about school violence.

Jones said the comment was made at the end of the school day Monday, and was not directed toward an individual student. School officials learned of the social media post around 9:30 or 10 p.m. Monday night, he said. MHS contacted the Marshall Police Department about the situation Monday night.

“Our first priority was to investigate,” and avoid putting out inaccurate information, Jones said. “We take everything we hear seriously.”

Marshall Public Safety Director Jim Marshall said the MPD had a couple of additional officers present at the school on Tuesday, partly as reassurance for community members.

“We always have to take everything seriously,” to help keep the community safe, Marshall said.

In Jones’ message to parents, he said school counselors would be available to help students who might be feeling anxious about returning to school. The e-mail also said parents with questions could call MHS during normal business hours. However, school staff could only talk with parents about their own children, and not specifics of the investigation or other students.

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