Newton ISD threat apprehended

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The Newton Independent School District issued a statement Saturday morning that the individual that issued credible threats against students and staff members of Newton ISD last Tuesday was apprehended by law enforcement on Friday, Oct. 29.

The threats were received initially by the Newton County Sheriff’s Office in Georgia. The threat that was on the social media platform “Snap Chat” triggered a lockdown of the Newton school campuses and a quick response from the Newton County Sheriff’s Office to ensure that the campuses where in fact safe and secure. Superintendent Michelle Barrow confirmed that specific students and staff were mentioned in the threat and that all those individuals and their parents were alerted.

In response to the threats, there was an increased law enforcement presence in all the Jasper County school districts.

“It is an abundance of caution that prompted our actions,” Jasper County Sheriff Chief Deputy Scott Duncan said.

The raised presence was through the cooperation of the Sheriff’s Office, the Kirbyville Police Department and the Student Resource Officers from the schools across the county.

The rise in threats against schools, students and staff have taken a dramatic increase in recent months and law enforcement and school personnel will continue to monitor all potential threats and deal with them swiftly.