The Atlanta Police Department and the FBI are investigating a threat of gun violence at Midtown High School posted on social media last night.
Midtown High principal Dr. Betsy Bockman said in an email to parents and students that investigators worked through the night to determine the source of the threat.
“With the help of the ODA and FBI, they were able to gather a lot of information. The investigation continues,” Bockman said in the email. She said there would be a police presence additional on campus in a post on the school’s Facebook page.
Bockman said the school day and extracurricular activities would continue as planned, but support staff were available to speak to students. “It’s stressful for everyone – students and faculty. We will strive to have as normal a day as possible.
“It’s completely understandable if you want to keep your student(s) at home. It will be an excused absence,” Bockman said.
A social media search shows that several parents informed police and APS of a social media post on Instagram that threatened to target specific students at the school.
The Instagram post’s language is almost identical to a similar threat made against New York City high schools earlier this year, which were determined to be hoaxes.
APS released this statement about the incident:
“Atlanta Public Schools Police continue to investigate a social media threat made against students at Midtown High School on Wednesday night. Parents were notified immediately. Additional security was present in Midtown for the arrival of students and staff this morning. Emotional support staff are present at the school today to meet with students and staff as needed, and the day is proceeding as normal.
APS PD is being assisted in the investigation by Atlanta Police, the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The safety, security, and well-being of APS students and employees is a top priority for the district. »