Portageville High School student placed in juvenile custody

Friday, March 2, 2018

PORTAGEVILLE, Mo. — A Portageville High School student was placed in juvenile custody as of late Wednesday over making a terroristic threat toward the school. 
Portageville School District Superintendent Michael Allred announced the news last Thursday via Portageville High School’s Facebook page.
Alfred said the threat involved a juvenile so no further information will be released. 
“Portageville School District administration, Portageville Police Department, New Madrid Juvenile Department, parents and guardians did an exceptional job of reporting, investigating and taking action in response to this threat,” Allred said in his post. “School administration has met with the student body and staff to provide them with information, ease the tension and eliminate rumors and hearsay that have already been put in circulation on social media.”
This incident was not related to any dealings in the past, the superintendent said. It was sent on social media late Wednesday evening and information was posted in a very timely manner to the public, he said.
“The Portageville School District makes fostering a safe and secure learning environment first and foremost for our students, staff and community,” Allred said. “We truly appreciate the cooperation with the Portageville Police Department, New Madrid County Juvenile Department and parents and guardians during this unfortunate process. 
He continued: “We also ask everyone to be considerate of others when making posts or comments on social media concerning any issue that deals with students. Please feel free to contact my office with any questions or concerns.”

Portageville Police Department has also posted on its Facebook page an image for the Missouri School Violence Hotline which included the following contact information for reporting school violence: phone: 1-866-748-7047; text: Text “Report it” to 8474; online: schoolviolencehotline.com or download the app.

New Madrid County R-1 School District and local law enforcement have also dealt with threat rumors, which resulted in the arrest of a juvenile on Wednesday.

“At New Madrid County R-1, security of our students is job No. 1,” Dr. Sam Duncan, superintendent of New Madrid County R-1 Schools, said last Wednesday in a post on his Facebook page. “A New Madrid County Central High School student is in juvenile custody tonight after orchestrating a malicious and hurtful rumor today that another student was going to ‘shoot up’ the school tomorrow. It was a lie. Thanks for your patience with us as we nailed down all of the facts.”

(Some information available from the Standard-Democrat.)