Nichole Hannahs

Investigating Threats

by Nichole Hannahs on December 17, 2012 at 6:50 am

When it comes to threats involving school violence local officials said they don’t see it often.

Sheriff Matt Lutz said they do see a lot of secondary complaints, where people see things on Facebook and report it. He explained that most of the time they find that people use the site as a place to vent. But, no matter how small or big the problem may be it doesn’t stop them from following up on any reports of violence.

"We’re going to ask some questions and then depending on the answers we get, depending on the investigation we get it really depends on what we do with the next step and whether or not we have enough probable cause to arrest somebody," said Sheriff Lutz.

Sheriff Lutz said they consult Prosecutor Mike Haddox to discuss any charges that may stem from the investigation. Sheriff Lutz said it’s also the reason they take bomb threats seriously.

"The last thing we want to do is not take something serious and not follow up to the fullest detail because we don’t want to be lax in doing that and have something happen," explained the sheriff.

He said they’ve also had their SWAT team train in local schools and have some deputies specially trained to get kids out of the building. He said that if a child hears of a threat they should tell their teacher or parent.