The Monroe County sheriff's office confirms it investigated a threat against a "BHS" posted to social media Thursday night.
According to a sergeant, investigators looked into the online threat that mentioned "BHS". As of Friday morning, authorities say they had not found the posted threat to be credible. We're told the sheriff's office will have additional deputies at Bedford School on Friday.
13abc spoke with the Bedford High School principal. He directed 13abc to the superintendent's office for comment.
Supt. Dr. Carl Shultz tells 13abc the threat was never specifically a threat against Bedford High School. He tells 13abc the suspect was found in New Mexico and charged for a specific threat against his high school.
FOLLOW UP LETTER FROM SUPERINTENDENT ABOUT SOCIAL MEDIA THREATS
February 23, 2018
Dear Parents and Community Members,
As superintendent of Bedford Public Schools, I understand that our top priority it to provide a safe, supportive and comfortable learning environment. Our dedicated staff, and research-based procedures, ensure that we accomplish this goal on a daily basis here in Bedford. An unfortunate reality is that there are circumstances and events that are outside of our control as a district. One of these realities includes the
ability for individuals to post and share information on the internet and specifically social media websites. This issue has become more prevalent recently with many copycat messages being created and shared regarding school violence.
This morning, I received a contact from the Monroe County Sheriff Department regarding a post that was being shared on multiple social media sites regarding a threat to "bhs". The post was not specific to location, district, or even building. There are hundreds, and possibly thousands, of schools across the country with the initials BHS. In addition, there were several similar threats posted in recent days that used the same format but exchanged the "bhs" for other school building initials. The Sheriff Department assured me that they would continue to monitor the postings and would work alongside our administration to investigate this particular shared post. We also agreed to have an increased police presence around the district buildings throughout the day.
The outcome for this investigation is that the particular posted threat was actually intended for Belen High School located in Belen, New Mexico. The originator of the post has been arrested and will be charged accordingly. If at any time we felt that a threat was being made against one of our Bedford Public School buildings, we would have released information immediately followed with an appropriate plan of action.
A critical component in maintaining a safe and secure community is collaboration. We ask that you continue to monitor your student(s) social media sites as well as your own for any information that you feel should be shared with the proper authorities and district administration. Also, please have a conversation with your student(s) regarding the importance of speaking up when they see or hear things that may present a danger. A well informed community is a stronger community.
Bedford Public Schools takes the security and safety of our students and staff members very seriously. I want to ensure everyone that any threat or action toward our district will be handled immediately and full
prosecution under the law will be recommended.
Dr. Carl Shultz, Superintendent
Bedford Public Schools
HONEYWELL ALERT SENT OUT ABOUT THREAT REPORTS
February 23, 2018
Dr. Carl Shultz, Superintendent of Bedford Public Schools was contacted by the Monroe County Sheriff Department with information that they received about a threat being shared on social media. The posted threat is not specific in regards to which BHS it is referring. The Sheriff Department has indicated that a similar post has been circulating around the country and in some cases has exchanged the BHS intials for other school building initials. There are neighboring districts that have received building specific threats and have take appropriate action based on the information received. As a precautionary measure, we will have an increased police presence around the district throughout the day. Please continue to monitor your student and your personal media websites for any information that may be helpful to authorities and building administration. Additional information will be sent out later today through email and our district website. Thank you.