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Biloxi schools increasing security after receiving violent threats

Biloxi school district police vehicle sits outside the upper elementary school on Tuesday.
Biloxi school district police vehicle sits outside the upper elementary school on Tuesday. jcfitzhugh@sunherald.com

Biloxi police say all is clear at schools in the Biloxi School District after receiving “threats of violence.”

Biloxi police Lt. Christopher DeBack said members of the school district received an email threatening violence at Biloxi schools on Tuesday. He said there has not been any suspicious activity noted at any of the schools.

DeBack did not say which school was the target of the threats. He said additional police security has been sent to monitor the schools.

Biloxi School District also issued a press release which read, in part:

“Biloxi PD never had reason to believe this was a credible threat, but because safety is our number one priority, we took every precaution and used every resource available to us to secure student and staff safety,” the press release said. “No suspicious activity has been noted at any schools and we are continuing monitor all activity throughout the day.

“We would like to remind parents that they and their children are one of our most important safeguards — please remind your children to always report anything unusual, suspicious or threatening.”

SunHerald.com will update this report as the situation warrants.

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