Man arrested after social media threat that spurred lockdown

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HENRY COUNTY – A Henry County man was arrested following a social media threat that put several schools on lockdown.

According to the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Henry County Emergency Services 911 received word of the school shooting threat in which someone wrote “I’m gonna go put on some lip gloss and shoot up a school.” The message came from a profile named “Gypsy.” When the social media service became aware of the threat, staff realized it came from a profile in Knightstown.

Police notified five Henry County school districts about the threat, and schools were locked down as a precaution. Officers located the person behind the “Gypsy” profile, 20-year-old Jackson Messer.

He was arrested on a charge of intimidation, a class D felony.


The lockdown at Charles A. Beard schools has been lifted.

According to Interim Superintendent Joe Backmeyer, area schools received notice from police about a threat made on social media. Schools went on an external lockdown, meaning no one was allowed in or out of the building. Several school activities were canceled and students returned to classrooms.

Police stepped up their presence near school buildings as a precaution. Nothing was found, and schools were given the all clear around noon.


HENRY COUNTY – Several Henry County schools are on lockdown after a threat.

The security measures affect schools in the Charles A. Beard and South Henry school districts.

School officials tell Fox 59 the districts received an unspecified threat and are taking precautionary security measures. They’re working with police to see if there’s anything to it.

No additional information was available.

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