Sheriff’s deputies made their presence known Friday morning at Jones County High School after alleged threats to students’ safety.
Although rumors have been rampant on social media, Maj. Earl Humphries said they have been “blown out of proportion.”
“There have been no significant threats of anyone shooting up a school,” Humphries said at about 8:30 a.m. Friday.
A number of patrol cars were parked outside the school to “be on the safe side,” he said.
They talked to a student who allegedly made a statement in the wake of a fight at school.
“There’s no valid threats against anybody,” Humphries said.
Angry remarks were made back and forth, including one saying to the other that if he didn’t stop, he was “going to get popped.”
Humphries said the student in question meant hitting, not shooting.
There was no lockdown at the school, he said.
Jones County Chief Deputy Barbara Burnette encouraged the public to report potential threats or suspicions so they can investigate further.
“We take them seriously. We work on it. We investigate it, said Burnette.
Friday’s investigation did not turn up anything conclusive, she said.
“At this point we have no evidence it’s anything other than rumors.”