“Late yesterday, a student stood up in class and made a loud joke about zombies and weapons,” said Helen Williams, PIO for Greenville Independent School District. “There was never any danger to students or staff. Out of an abundance of caution, GISD police officers conducted a thorough investigation, interviewing students in the class to be sure the student was only joking about zombies. Today, school is running smoothly, and we don’t anticipate any further disruptions.”
Williams continued, saying, “sometimes, young adolescents have trouble controlling their impulses. Please take this opportunity to talk to your students about the wise use of words and the consequences of spreading rumors. Here are some ideas for discussion:
– If they hear something, say something to an adult right away.
– Words matter, and a hoax or verbal threat can lead to serious consequences.
– Encourage them not to repeat or spread rumors on social media.”
Greenville Independent School District officials are investigating after a threat was made by a student in class earlier this week.
Late Tuesday afternoon, a student stood up in class and made a threatening statement toward the middle school.
“We’re currently investigating the incident,” said Greenville ISD Public Information Officer Helen Williams. “Students are being interviewed as we speak, but we’re getting conflicting information about what was said.”
Williams said officials have no reason to believe anyone is in any danger at the school at the time.
“We’ll communicate with the parents and staff after our investigation is complete,” she said.
Anyone with concerns or questions can call the school’s police chief, Ramon Rodriguez, at 903-453-3636.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.