ST. MARTIN, MS (WLOX) - A note threatening violence on campus put many people on edge in Jackson County Monday. The note was found at St. Martin High School, forcing officials to lock down the building. As a precaution, St. Martin Upper Elementary and St. Martin Middle School were also on lockdown.
"School's under lockdown. Nobody in or out," the officer told each driver who tried to approach the school.
As Jackson County sheriff's deputies blocked one of the main entrances to St. Martin High School, parents waited anxiously across the street.
"Soon as they say lockdown, you're like, 'Oh my God!' Of course, you want to run and grab your child and keep them safe," said LaChriseja Elisaga.
The St. Martin mom came to check out her daughter, Aevalynne, who is a sophomore at the school.
"I'm waiting to get my child. I was bringing her some medication and they told me I couldn't go into the school and I had to come over here and wait. And they won't say what kind of threat it was and I'm just worried. I want my baby," said Elisaga.
School resource officers said the school went on lockdown at 10:20 a.m., after a student found a handwritten note in a stall in one of the boy's bathrooms.
"The note said there'd be an incident taking place at the 11:30 hour," said SRO Supervisor Shane Langfitt.
When asked if the note specifically referred to some type of shooting, Langfitt replied, "That's correct. It was something of that nature, a shooting was going to take place in the school."
With students secured in their classrooms, deputies and their K-9 Aragon searched the building. They didn't find a weapon or anything suspicious, so they gave the all clear two hours later. Outside, it was a frustrating wait for family members.
"Being separated from a child like that and not knowing what's going on, it's frustrating. It wasn't long ago, they had a bomb threat. Why does this keep happening?" asked Elisaga.
"This isn't New York or Las Vegas where things happen all the time. This is a little town and you don't expect these things to happen so it's pretty shocking when it does," she added.
"We're going to treat is as the real thing. Even if it's a false alarm, it's still against the law and we're going to pursue it with all vigor to make sure whoever is doing this is brought to justice," said Jackson County Schools Superintendent Dr. Barry Amacker.
"All we can do is look into it, hopefully, get to the bottom of it and make an arrest," said Langfitt.
Investigators said they are studying the handwriting on the note, interviewing students, and reviewing video from the hallway cameras. And extra deputies were on patrol at the school to help reassure the students and staff.