Southern Indiana schools call for increased security after social media threats

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CLARKSVILLE, Ind. – Authorities in southern Indiana called for increased security at schools Wednesday after receiving threats on social media.

School districts in Jeffersonville, Clarksville and Salem informed parents of the threats late Tuesday and early Wednesday. The schools planned to have increased security in response.

Greater Clark County Schools posted a message Wednesday morning from Superintendent Dr. Andrew Melin. Melin’s message said the school system received threats on social media that mentioned Parkview and River Valley middle schools:

I need to inform our Parkview and River Valley families of a social media threat posted late last night that was concerning enough for us to involve the Jeffersonville Police Department.

We want to assure all of our Parkview and River Valley families and staff members that Greater Clark and Jeffersonville Police representatives have taken every precaution to make sure today is safe and the educational process goes as smoothly as possible.

The Jeffersonville Police Department and Greater Clark are committed to continuing the investigation until we identify the person responsible for this threat. Please contact your school principal if you have questions, concerns, or any information helpful to the investigation.

In a Facebook post from Tuesday night, Salem schools said someone on Snapchat and Instagram threatened a school shooting against Salem students.

Salem police said the threats came from what appeared to be fake accounts. They were working with other departments to find the source of the threats.

Clarksville police planned to increase patrols and their overall presence at Clarksville Community Schools in response to the online posts. The school district said extra officers would be on hand at all schools Wednesday.