By Tim Kowols
A viral social media threat aimed at a school with the initials “SHS” is to blame for Sevastopol School District going on lockdown just before 8 a.m. Thursday. Students shared the threat via the Snapchat app, which led a parent to notify the school at approximately 7:45 a.m. Students and staff inside the building quickly went into lockdown as school officials and the Door County Sheriff’s Department inspected classrooms, lockers, and backpacks to make sure there were no credible threats, while others remained on their buses. Sevastopol School District Superintendent Kyle Luedtke says they notified parents after they determined everyone was safe.
Chief Deputy Pat McCarty said this is an example of the type of conversation parents should have when it comes to responsible social media use.
Classes resumed at approximately 9:30 Thursday morning, but under heavy police presence with the option available for parents to pick up their children. Swain County Schools in South Carolina went into lockdown at approximately the same time, while a similar threat led to precautionary measures at schools in the Green Bay area earlier this week.