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Superintendent Larry Moore addresses Marianna Middle School threat

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Wednesday, more than half of Marianna Middle School students were not in attendance, following news of a threatening email being received by a parent, Tuesday.

A parent of two Marianna Middle School students received an anonymous email Tuesday, threatening her children.

Officials said the writer of the email said harm would be done to those two students at the school.

This alarmed the mother, who notified the school immediately.

“The principal followed protocol and locked down the school as a precautionary measure and we gained additional information about the email,” said Larry Moore, Jackson County School’s superintendent.

Moore said a similar email was sent to the same parent from the same sender, Wednesday.

Several law enforcement agencies are involved in trying to locate the IP address, where they are coming from.

“It is my hope and our goal to find who did this and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law,” Moore said.

One parent said it’s alarming to hear of such threats to students, but she has faith that the children are well taken care of at school.

“In this day and age you never know what’s going to happen anywhere you go, much less at a school,” said Allison Stoutamire, MMS parent. “I feel like that they were safe and that the school district was correct in informing the parents of what could happen.”

Since Tuesday, rumors of active shooter situations and bomb threats at MMS have been spread. 

Officials want to clarify that none of that has occurred.

“We have not had any other event other than the receipt of the email and those went to the parent and the parent notified the school,” said Moore.

Moore said the safety of students and staff is top priority, so they’ve placed extra security on campus. 

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