Update: Parents, students on edge after Soddy Daisy threats
By Jonquil Newland, Weekend Today Anchor/Reporter - bio | email
SODDY-DAISY, TN (WRCB) -- Soddy Daisy Middle School parents are on high alert after death threats are posted online.
Mike Bruce's two daughters were not in school Thursday because of the threats made on the social network site, Instagram.
"I'm not sending my kids to school. Its not going to happen," Bruce says.
"He called himself the Soddy Daisy stalker and he shared different people's pictures," Bruce's daughter, Elizabeth explains.
The person identifies himself or herself as a 13-year-old eighth grader on the purple team who goes by the Instagram name "The_Unknown__". Students don't actually know if it's a girl or boy but the message is clear.
"Everybody was scared," says one student.
The posts target one student saying, "she's going to die, goodbye and good night." Another reads, "Soddy Daisy Middle School, this isn't over. I will take her life. Wait a week and you will see."
Dozens of pictures of students are posted under "The Hit List" along with another post that reads, "Once she's gone everyone will be happy and I'll have a new victim. There's more but she's first."
"There's something seriously wrong with a kid that would do this after Sandy Hook," Bruce says.
Officers with the Soddy Daisy Police Department were inside the school early Thursday morning. SDPD tells Channel 3 it seized computers and cell phones that may be related to the incident, but the principal says those items were not seized from the school. School was not called off but many parents arrived to pick up their children.
"They should've called parents last night when all this happened to let them know. Well, they should've called school off," says parent Donna Lovelady.
Principal Blake Freeman says he was notified about the threats Wednesday evening and immediately contacted police. He says no incident happened at the school and while the investigation continues this may be a good time to look at the effect of social media on students.
However, parents like Lovelady are demanding more security. "I'm scared for him to go to school and that's not right," she says.
Authorities say more officers will be at the school, mostly for peace of mind for students and parents.