Authorities were investigating Wednesday after, they said, someone threatened Weaver High School through an anonymous SnapChat post.
According to a post on the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook page, deputies were notified Wednesday morning about a possible threat against the school.
Deputies said in the post that the threat was made through a fake account on SnapChat, a social media app that temporarily displays images and videos for a set period of time.
Sheriff Matthew Wade said a 19-year-old student told her friends and parents she saw the post on a fake account threatening that someone would “come up to the school and kill everybody.”
Wade said the student’s parents called Weaver police, who then called deputies.
Wade said deputies traced the account back to the student who first reported it.
When deputies interviewed her, Wade said, she admitted to creating the account and posting the threat.
“She said it was a joke that got out of hand,” Wade said.
Deputies later charged her with making a false report to law enforcement, a misdemeanor, and booked her into the Calhoun County Jail with bond set at $1,000. Her next court date is set for March 10.
“Any time these threats are made ... we take them seriously,” said Calhoun County Schools Superintendent Donald Turner.
Wade said deputies do not take such threats lightly and are dedicated to school safety.
“Any time we get one of these, no matter what, we’re going to investigate as hard as we can,” Wade said.
He also urged locals to be mindful of what they post on social media.
“Any time you do something online, there’s going to be a footprint and a trail,” Wade said.
Deputies urged anyone with information on the threat to call them at 256-236-6600.