There will be a heightened security presence at Mooresville High School for the remainder of the week following a threat posted on social media.
Chief Communications Officer for Mooresville Graded School District Tanae McLean said the district was made aware of the threat late Monday and immediately informed the Mooresville Police Department.
She said the high school typically has two full-time school resource officers on campus with another “floater” officer that routinely visits the school.
While at the school, McLean said the extra officers will be performing “regular duties and just making sure they (SROs) have an extra set of eyes should that be necessary.”
In an email Tuesday morning, Mooresville Public Information Officer Kim Sellers said law enforcement is encouraging all students and staff members to report anything suspicious.
“The Mooresville Police Department is aware of a social-media post threatening violence at Mooresville High School,” Sellers stated in an email. “We have been working with Mooresville Graded School District personnel to investigate the threat and address it accordingly. Mooresville Police will have an increased presence at Mooresville High School and other area school campuses during this time.”
Mooresville High School Principal Eric Schwarzenegger also posted a statement to the Mooresville High School Facebook page Monday evening outlining the school's response to the threat.
It is not clear how many extra officers will be at the school.
McLean said the threat was reported to school administration via a screenshot of a social media post that read: "ATTENTION ! ! ! I'm warning all of you there is gonna be a school shooting on Thursday the 16th of May located at mooresville hs DONT COME TO SCHOOL."
There has also been some uncertainty over whether this threat was directed at a different Mooresville High School in Indiana, McLean said.
She said that the district has been in contact with that school’s administration, which has also seen chatter about possible threats.
This threat was also made the same day there was added security at Mooresville Middle School, McLean said. Security was increased at the middle school Monday after a threatening comment was made on an Instagram post.
McLean said that both schools would have extra security for the rest of the week.
The letter from Principal Eric Schwarzenegger sent to parents and posted online requests that anyone with information regarding the identity of the person making the posts to contact the Mooresville Police Department at 704-664-3311.