Threat to STJ students not credible

Gabriella Canales By Gabriella Canales

Oct. 12, 2017 at 9:49 a.m.
Updated Oct. 12, 2017 at 4:19 p.m.

A social media threat to St. Joseph High School students 10 p.m. Wednesday has turned out to be a hoax.

"Our students were never truly in danger," said Shandee Harrell, St. Joseph's communications coordinator. "Thankfully, students let adults know and officials notified police."

The Victoria Police Department called Thomas Maj, the president and principal for St. Joseph High School, at 12:45 a.m. Thursday to report their investigation concluded the threat was a hoax and did not believe students were at risk.

"Two students were involved," Harrell said. "One was more of a victim in the situation."

School administrators took appropriate measures to ensure student safety.

Multiple notifications in the forms of text messages and email alerts were sent to parents throughout Wednesday night.

School officials had precautions in place for opening school Thursday.

A police officer was present on campus this morning for caution and peace of mind, she said.

The decision on whether or not students should go to school Thursday was up to the parents, Harrell said.

Coincidentally, freshmen and sophomores are scheduled to attend an assembly with Casey Cullen, a local attorney, regarding social media.

Take a moment to speak with your student about their use of social media and how to use appropriately, Harrell said.


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