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Two teens arrested after threats at Long Beach High, police say

Two teens were arrested Friday in connection to an investigation at Long Beach High School regarding threats made at school.
Two teens were arrested Friday in connection to an investigation at Long Beach High School regarding threats made at school.

Two teens were arrested Friday afternoon after police investigated two separate complaints about possible threats of violence at Long Beach High School, police chief Billy Seal said in a release.

Seal said that about 2:45 p.m. Friday the school district and police investigated two complaints and two 17-year-old boys were arrested. He said they were arrested on charges of simple assault/attempt by physical menace to create fear.

Seal said both cases have been turned over to the Harrison County Youth Court. Both cases remain under investigation by the Long Beach Police Department.

The school district released a statement earlier in the day to the Sun Herald stating they were working to “determine the validity of a possible threat of violence at Long Beach High School.”

Tensions are high in the wake of Wednesday’s shooting at Majory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, Florida, where 17 people were killed.

Several school and law enforcement officials told the Sun Herald automated call systems are in place should their school go on lockdown due to an incident.

A school lockdown is a precautionary measure issued in response to a direct or nearby threat. It requires staff and students to respond quickly and comply with rules. Here’s how it often works.

Gautier High released a statement late Thursday saying a threat had allegedly been made against students earlier in the day.

According to the Clarion-Ledger, both Senatobia High School and Northwest Mississippi Community College were placed on lockdown Friday due to a shooting threat.

Patrick Ochs: 228-896-2321, @PatrickOchs

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