(08/31/18) Monica Smith knows many schools deal with threats of violence, she just never thought it would happen at her daughter’s school Bastrop High.
“We see so many times in different places in our United States where things happen at schools and there’s not a good outcome,” Smith said.
Thursday night a post circulated from a fake profile on Facebook threatening to shoot African American students at Bastrop High School.
Police tracked down a suspect, 17-year-old Tyina Rowden, and they charged her with terrorist threats.
However, Smith says, the comment section shows that few people stopped to think about what could have happened.
“Thank you lord it didn’t manifest or thank you lord my child was okay, the faculty and staff are all fine.”
Many parents were frightened by the threats sent to the high school and one parent says although those are valid concerns, everyone should be a little more understanding.”
“We don’t know what’s going on in that child’s life, this could have been a cry for help, this could have been someone needing and didn’t know how to reach out to someone,” Smith said.
She stated that it was the quick action from both Bastrop police and the Morehouse Parish Sheriff’s office made her comfortable enough to send her daughter to school Friday.
She says as a people we need to learn how to be slower to judge one another.
“We just need to learn to look at situations differently, instead of always being so quick to condemn.”
Morehouse Parish Sheriff Mike Tubbs says that there was an increased police presence at Bastrop High School Friday morning. Additional school resource officers were on hand throughout the day, but Tubbs says they encountered no issues.
UPDATE (8/31/18) Authorities in Morehouse Parish have arrested a teenager they believe is responsible for school shooting threats made on social media.
The Bastrop Police Department and Morehouse Parish Sheriff’s Office worked together to arrest 17-year-old Tyina Rowden.
Officers say they used electronic forensics to determine Rowden created a fake social media account, under the name Austin McGurk, to post the threats Thursday.
Rowden is charged with terrorizing threats.
(8/30/18) The Bastrop Police Department and the Morehouse Parish Sheriff’s Department are investigating after a threat to Bastrop High School that has been posted to social media.
This is an ongoing investigation and we will update you when more information becomes available.
Below is the Bastrop Police Department’s statement made on Facebook: