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Stone County Enterprise of Wiggins, Mississippi

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Stone High School experienced an increased presence of law enforcement officers Friday morning after harsh words reportedly turned threatening on Thursday and led to officials taking extra precaution.

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District Superintendent Gwen Miller said SCSD officials were working closely with the Stone County Sheriff Department and Wiggins Police Department after an altercation between students led to an alleged shooting threat.

"We are having a normal day at the school," she said.

Sheriff Mike Farmer said his department had become involved after receiving phone calls from concerned parents.

"Some kids had some words (Thursday) and one of them allegedly said he'd just shoot someone," Farmer said. "It was third-hand information and we looked into and the student involved had no access to any guns.

"We had some deputies in the school today just as a precaution."

The student in question was not allowed to return to classes Friday and Miller said confidentiality laws would not allow her to discuss the matter in depth.

"We followed our policy and procedures regarding disciplinary measures," she said.

Miller also said, despite rumors, there had not been a credible threat of firearms at the school.

"There was never a gun on campus," she said.

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Original Publication Date: October 21, 2015

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