Reposting alarming social media threats adds 'fuel to the fire'

Reposting alarming social media threats adds 'fuel to the fire'

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Reposting social media threats adds fuel to the fire, Lubbock ISD's police chief said in a joint press conference with area school districts addressing school safety Friday.

Chief Jody Scifres says to contact the school or police directly if you see an alarming post.

He says police will notify parents of credible threats. 

LPD Chief Greg Stevens said the recent rumors circulating were extremely disruptive to education and a strain on the community's resources. 

Social media threats raised security at two schools this week. 

The first rumors started circulating Wednesday against Frenship High, specifically regarding a shooting.

In a statement, the district reported it was aware of the threat before school Thursday and contacted law enforcement. Classes went on without a problem.

Last week three suspects were arrested after the school went on lockdown following what the district called "an unfortunate prank."

There was also a threat made at Lubbock ISD's Mackenzie Middle School Wednesday. 

The district learned of the rumor, contacted parents and increased police presence at the school.

It wasn't put on lockdown and had normal safety procedures in place.

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