Update: School Officials, Police to Address Consequences of Social Media Threats of Shooting

Officials to discuss threats Friday.

LUBBOCK, TX - Threats of a shooting to take place this Thursday or Friday at Frenship High School began circulating Wednesday, just five days after three students pulled a "dangerous prank" that led to a school lockdown.

On Friday afternoon, the police chiefs of the City of Lubbock, Lubbock ISD, Frenship ISD, Lubbock-Cooper ISD, the City of Wolfforth and the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Department will discuss the threats.

"These law enforcement professionals will address the consequences and impact of threats made via social media," the email reads.

Frenship ISD officials provided a statement addressing the rumors Wednesday night:

"Frenship ISD is aware of a rumor that has been circulating through social media this evening. Law enforcement agencies are monitoring the situation and will be diligent in identifying and finding the source of this rumor. Classes at Frenship High School are on schedule Thursday."

Lubbock Police Department also responded:

"We are looking into it and investigating in conjunction with the SO, FISD PD, and LISD PD."

Related Story: Frenship ISD: Lockdown the Result of a "Dangerous Prank" By 3 Students

One of the social media threats, which was spread on Snapchat, stated that "the real school shooters" planned to be at Frenship High School on Thursday or Friday. 

After these online threats, many parents had their kids stay home from school on Thursday. 

"He initially said, 'I kind of don't want to go to school.' There was no second guessing that he didn't want to go to school. I was like 'Okay, you don't have to go to school, if you feel safe at home, that's fine with me,'" said a Frenship High School parent, Kathy Ovalle. 

She said the decision for her son to stay home was her choice in the end, but she felt like she made the right decision. 

"If something were to happen to him, luckily nothing did, I would never forgive myself," said Ovalle. "If I had the option to keep him home and keep him safe, I'm going to do that."


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