in the wake of the deadly Parkland, Fla. school shooting last week, the Hancock County School District sent out a recorded message Thursday morning to parents of students at Hancock Middle School informing them there had been a "threat" made against the school.
"This morning, it was reported to school officials about a threat made to our school by one of our students," according to the message. "Upon the student’s arrival this morning, the student was apprehended. School procedures were followed and no gun was found. The sheriff’s department was notified immediately and will also be investigating the incident.
"Everything is copacetic there and there's no threat of physical harm," Hancock Chief Deputy Don Bass said Thursday. "There's nothing that led us to believe that anything would have happened, just some kid running his mouth."
The school district was the target of criticism on social media last week after it became public that a student had brought an inoperable gun to Hancock Middle School in January, but parents weren't notified of the incident.
"We will continue to take every threat seriously," according to the school district message on Thursday. "We urge all students, parents, and community members to contact appropriate authorities anytime there is a concern for safety. Remember if you see something, say something."