Coast school put on lockdown after potential threat discovered on social media

Gautier Middle School posted on its Facebook page that students were told to “Shelter in Place” Monday morning while a potential threat was identified.

According to the post, the lockdown was in response to a social media threat reported by a parent Monday morning.

Gautier police, as well as Pascagoula-Gautier School District law enforcement, searched the campus first thing Monday for about 45 minutes.

“We visited every classroom and are working to identify all parties who are the source of the threat,” the post said.

The release, which was posted around 11 a.m., said the lockdown had been lifted and the regular class schedule was resumed.

“The Pascagoula-Gautier School District will take appropriate action against the individuals who posted the threat,” the post said. “We ask that all parents monitor social media and please report any threats made toward our students and schools.”

The lockdown comes after last week’s shooting at a school in Parklane, Florida, that injured 16 and left a coach dead. Other schools in South Mississippi have dealt with guns being brought to their campuses, and threats being made on social media. Two Long Beach teens were arrested Friday for threats against the high school.

Patrick Ochs: 228-896-2321, @PatrickOchs