JPS addresses fights at Murrah and social media - - Jackson, MS

JPS addresses fights at Murrah and social media

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Jackson Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Cedrick Gray says he first learned of the so called fight club schedule and threat of gunfire at Murrah High School after a Tuesday night board meeting.

An investigation and a plan were launched to prevent anything from happening on Wednesday. A number of law enforcement were at the high school. Gray says the threat never materialized.

He says there was only one incident that day between two girls and it had nothing to do with the threat posted on a student's Instagram account.  

"This turned out to be a largely non-event that incited students and parents unnecessarily. JPD was staged outside in the event for a need for more officers inside the building in the event of an actual active shooter situation," said Gray.

Gray also mentioned a fight between two girls found on a social media website and aired on television. 

"The fight that was shown online and further perpetuated by some local media, that has been attributed to Murrah happened some days before and was during class change," said Gray.  

Gray says there have been seven physical incidents at Murrah this month, those involved 16 students.  

"As we talked to some of the young people, some said that they did not know it was going to get to that point. One even indicated it may have been a joke, but there are certain things in our day in time, in our climate in our schools that we don't take as jokes," recalled JPS Chief of Campus Enforcement Gerald Jones about Wednesday's incident.   

Students say fights happen at the school several times a day.
Wednesday's threat came from social media and Gray used the opportunity as a teaching moment for parents.

"Literally take your child's phone, have them log into the social media network and then tell them to leave the room. You need to know what they are talking about on these phones," said Gray. 

He made his remarks at a regularly scheduled town hall meeting at Siwell Middle School on Thursday night. 

Jones said that JPS Campus Enforcement will respond in a similar manner if another credible threat is found on social media. 

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