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Multiple Austin-area schools react to social media threats following Uvalde shooting

(Manor Police/Facebook)

Manor, Georgetown and Round Rock police are investigating separate social media threats to schools in their areas.

A threat was first reported in Manor ISD Wednesday night, in which a Snapchat post circulated of a hunting rifle and a man's voice saying "F--- Manor" with Thursday's date in the caption, Manor police said. Then, Thursday morning, another social media post surfaced of a woman holding a rifle and also using foul language identifying "today as the day."

Four individuals have been detained as of Thursday morning with two suspected of being the ones behind the threats.

Georgetown police are also investigating two reported threats on Thursday morning at Georgetown High School. Police said it was alerted of a student with a firearm on a school bus. The student was discovered with a water gun that "looked realistic" and taken by police.

The second incident involved an alleged hit type list. Police are interviewing the two suspected students behind the list.

The most recent threats were reported in Round Rock, where CD Fulkes Middle School and nearby Claude Berkman Elementary went into “lockout” due to social media threats Thursday. Lockout is when no one is allowed into the building and students and staff must remain inside continuing classes.

Round Rock police said they found no evidence of a threat.

The latest scares come as tensions are high in schools across the nation following the school shooting in Uvalde, where 21 were killed by a gunman on Tuesday.

Central Texas schools upped their security in response to the shooting with more police presence and are taking extra precautions with any threats that have surfaced. Officials said they take the threats very seriously and urge parents to have conversations with their children about the seriousness of posting something threatening.


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