Social media threat prompts higher absenteeism at Marshall County school

(Source: WAFF)
(Source: WAFF)
Updated: Apr. 16, 2018 at 7:01 PM CDT
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GRANT, AL (WAFF) - An unsubstantiated threat for a school in Marshall County prompted a 20 percent increase in absenteeism for the school.

Sheriff's officials say the alleged post was only reportedly seen by one person but the allegation then spread like wildfire on social media.

As of now, sheriff's officials say they've found little evidence of a threat, although it's had a huge impact on the school.

Sheriff's officials say for now they know of no threat to the school or students at DAR School.

Authorities received information that a KDS student posted a threat on social media. Dozens of students have been questioned but only one says they saw the post that was only online for a very short time.

The student was advised not to come to school until the investigation is completed.

Meanwhile, the event has prompted numerous students not to come to school and disrupted school operations.

"Social media brings a whole different aspect into it and also creates a sense of panic among our students, staff, and community and parents," said Marshall County School Superintendent Cindy Wigley.

Extra deputies will be at DAR School for the next several days.

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