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Snapchat username leads to stepped up security at Willard Middle School

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(Willard, Mo.--02/16/18)) An alert was issued to Willard Middle School families regarding a student's concerning Snapchat username Thursday night.

This in the wake of the Florida shooting and recent threats on schools across the country. 

"We want to take every situation seriously until we find out otherwise," explains Dr. Derrick Hutsell, Willard Assistant Superintendent. 

In the alert, Dr. Hutsell says that the school district notified parents about a concern involving a middle school student's Snapchat username.

"Just the world we live in today we can’t it any other way so we want to do our diligence, and make sure we find out whether it’s fake or not, whether it’s just poor choice by a student trying to get attention."

School officials say that a student had been referred for disciplinary action, but stressed that there was never a threat. As a precautionary Greene County Sheriff's Office was on campus throughout the day  to ensure the safety of their students.

"We’re going to use all precautionary measures and all the tools that we have and we have several things lined up behind the scenes to make sure that students have the opportunity to talk to adults, talk to their counselors."

While a punishment for the person responsible has not yet been determined, school administrators reminded parents the school is taking action.

"We just need be on the school side of things. We’re here to educate the students and make sure that they’re safe."

Dr. Hutsell also wants to encourage parents to be aware of their child's social media account.

"Our recommendation for parents to know what’s going on with their children and be looking at their social media especially as they get into the middle school and high school years. Be attentive to what’s going on and what needs that they have."

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