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Multiple juvenile suspects arrested after threats made to Rankin Co. schools

Within an hour that the potential threat was made, the suspects were arrested after a joint effort by Rankin Co. Sheriff's Department, Flowood Police Department and Pearl Police Department. Source: WLBT Within an hour that the potential threat was made, the suspects were arrested after a joint effort by Rankin Co. Sheriff's Department, Flowood Police Department and Pearl Police Department. Source: WLBT
We are still trying to learn more information about the nature of the threat, but Kristen Windham, with the Rankin County School District, would not provide that information. Source: WLBT We are still trying to learn more information about the nature of the threat, but Kristen Windham, with the Rankin County School District, would not provide that information. Source: WLBT
The Rankin County School District would not release further information about any other school affected by the threat other than Northwest Rankin, however, law enforcement sources say Park Place Christian Academy was also involved. Source: WLBT The Rankin County School District would not release further information about any other school affected by the threat other than Northwest Rankin, however, law enforcement sources say Park Place Christian Academy was also involved. Source: WLBT
RANKIN COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Four juvenile suspects were arrested after a threat was made to two Rankin County schools overnight. 

According to District Attorney Michael Guest, pictures of weapons were posted to Snapchat and appeared to pose a threat to the schools. The alarming images were first reported to the Pearl Police Department, who then involved the Rankin County Sheriff's Department and Flowood police. 

"If you do hear something or see something, you have to let people know. Whether or not it is a quote-unquote, 'nothing,' anything can be a 'something' and we never want to take a chance with our students and teachers," said Kristen Windham, the Public Information Officer for Rankin County public Schools.

Officials could not release further information about other schools affected by the threat other than Northwest Rankin, however, law enforcement sources say Park Place Christian Academy was also involved.

A parent also provided us with this email sent by the school: 

Within an hour that the potential threat was made, the suspects were arrested after a joint effort by the Rankin Co. Sheriff's Department, Flowood Police Department and Pearl Police Department. Sheriff's deputies conducted a K-9 walkthrough Wednesday night and determined the campuses involved in the threat were safe. 

"We did not find any weapons, any explosives, anything of that nature. This very well could have been young, immature individuals who were posting things on social media that were unacceptable," said Guest.

Law enforcement advised the school district that school should run as normal, however there is a greater law enforcement presence on both campuses today. 

"The Sheriff's Department did search residences of these individuals. I will tell you there appears to be no apparent ability to carry out these threats," said Guest.

"We are currently conducting our own investigation to see what all has transpired," added Windham.

The DA did confirm that "some" of the teenagers involved attended the schools that were threatened, but was not able to provide much other information.

"Our Youth Court system has a secrecy requirement, where the identity, the nature of the charges against those individuals are, by law, not allowed to be disclosed to the public. Again, we're not withholding this information in an attempt to mislead the public in any manner, but we have to follow state law," said Guest.

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