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Former Marshall Middle School student posts threat online
BEAUMONT - by Lauren Huet
A threat posted to social media has some parents afraid to send their kids to school Friday. Extra security has been placed around Marshall Middle School while police try to find a former student they believe made the threat.
Mike Aguilar has three children at Marshall Middle School. His wife started a Facebook page for parents to talk about school events, tests, and other issues. Thursday morning, parents filled the page with posts about a threat.
"There was a lot of concern, a lot of parents saying that they weren't going to let their children go to school tomorrow," said Aguilar, "they probably weren't going to let them go to the dance, things of that nature."
Reaction to a threat the school district says a former Marshall student posted online earlier this week. A threat most parents found out about Thursday.
"The daughter of one of the parents on the chat had received a tweet about it, that a young man had left a hit list and was planning on going to the school dance," said Aguilar.
Beaumont ISD confirms the threat but says there is no hit list.
"We have contacted our police department here within the school system," said Nakisha Myles of Beaumont ISD, "they are looking non-stop to locate the student who made the threat."
The principal of Marshall Middle School sent out an email and voice mail at around ten Thursday morning. The email says there has been additional security at the school for the past few days, and there will also be additional security at tomorrow's school dance.
"I felt better once I was able to go to the campus, and see the police officer in the hallway, see the police car out in front, and police vehicles circling the campus," said Aguilar. "It just made me feel better knowing they're doing all that they can do."
"We do not take any threats lightly. The safety and security of our students is our number one priority and our number one concern," said Myles.
Beaumont police say they contacted the district after BPD learned about the threat, but BISD tells us they already knew about it. The student who posted the threat to social media is a runaway, and officers are trying to find him.