Community reacts to increase in school threats in the Ark-La-Miss

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Bastrop’s Joyce Hurst said there’s not a moment she doesn’t worry about the safety of her three children, especially when they’re at school.

“Everyday it’s always in the back of your mind,” she said.

It’s a concern that’s rising after 17 people were shot and killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. last week.

“It’s actually scary that you cannot send your kids to school without worrying about something like that,” Ada Bamburg, a grandmother of three high school students said. 

Since the deadly shooting, there have been multiple threats to schools across the Ark-La-Miss. 

Schools were put on lock down to investigate the claims. 

“We shouldn’t be afraid to communicate when we have a concern because I tell y’all I’d rather somebody be upset with me, that I communicated rather than I be upset, whether I’m not doing anything, that to see something like what happened in Florida occur,” Acadiana Sheriff K.P Gibson said.

Authorities encourage everyone, that if you see something say something.

“Should you hear a conversation or see something or see something especially on social media that would alert you or doesn’t feel quite right. We certainly encourage you to notify your local law enforcement agency, be it us or wherever you may live,” Glenn Springfield with the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office said.

Family members said they’d rather be reassured.

“As long as I know my grandsons are safe, I’d rather have lockdown,” Ada Bamburg said. 

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