Shooting threat at school was social media ‘joke’ but TCSD#1 responded out of caution

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – An incident this morning affecting the high school, middle school, and elementary school was handled by school district authorities in cooperation with local law enforcement.

“There was an issue,” said TCSD#1 information coordinator Charlotte Reynolds. “We responded out of an abundance of caution by keeping students inside and on campus for recess and lunch periods. I would not refer to it as a ‘lockdown.’ Once we received the ‘all-clear’ so to speak from local law enforcement, all schedules resumed in the afternoon,” Reynolds said.

The issue stemmed from a potential shooting threat made on social media. It turned out to be nothing more than a ‘joke’ but school administrators reacted out of caution.

“I can’t go into specifics on protocol but we evaluate the level of every threat and respond accordingly,” Reynolds said. “That includes working with local law enforcement. We would be derelict in our responsibilities and duties if we did not take every threat seriously.”

The school district issued the following email statement to all parents of students just moments ago:

Today we were made aware of a potential threat via social media.  In an abundance of caution and in consultation with local law enforcement, we kept all students in buildings who attend CES, JHMS, JHHS, SHS while this issue was investigated.

Please have a conversation with your student about the seriousness of making jokes about using weapons or threats.  Also, please encourage your student to report to school administration or a teacher if they overhear a conversation between other students where threats or weapons are mentioned.  We take all threats seriously and involve law enforcement in each situation.  The safety of our students, staff and community are always taken seriously, even if reported via social media.

We appreciate the partnership with our local law enforcement and that our students report concerns so we can investigate and ensure safety.

Sincerely,
Gillian Chapman, Ed.D
Superintendent
Teton County School District #1


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