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Grace King High School Students Safe After School Placed on Lockdown September 20, 2018

All Grace King High School students are safe after the school was placed on lockdown this afternoon due to a threat made on social media. The Jefferson Parish Public School System and Grace King High are cooperating with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office to determine who made the threat and the threat’s credibility.

“Student safety is our top responsibility as educators, and I commend the Grace King staff and our district leaders for acting quickly and appropriately,” said JPPSS Superintendent Dr. Cade Brumley. “It’s unfortunate that these types of threats have become more common place in schools across our state and nation. While the data shows that the vast majority of these types of threats are not credible, we will continue aggressively investigating all threats made against our students and staff.”

Grace King High administrators were notified Thursday afternoon of a social media threat made against the school on Twitter. Grace King High administration immediately placed the school on lockdown and lock out, and notified the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office. JPSO dispatched additional officers to the campus and is currently conducting an investigation to determine who made the threat and the threat’s credibility.

The Twitter account that was used to post the threat was created this month and did not have a profile picture. The account had zero followers. The threat was the only tweet made to the account. Twitter has suspended the account after it was reported by JPPSS.

Grace King High remained on lockdown and lock out until dismissal at 2:40 p.m. All GKHS after school activities have been canceled for Thursday, September 20. School will take place as normal on Friday, September 21. Out of an abundance of caution, JPSO will provide extra officers on campus.

To learn more about how JPPSS handles emergency situations, read our Emergency Information Guide.