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HAMMOND — Police found no evidence of a credible threat after Scott Middle School staff notified them Thursday morning of a suspicious Snapchat message, Lt. Steven Kellogg said.

Parents brought the possible threat, sent Wednesday night, to the attention of the middle school, police said.

Police were first notified of the suspicious message at 8:34 a.m. Thursday, Kellogg said.

Superintendent Walter Watkins characterized the message circulated by students as "a threat that there was going to be a threat."

The school immediately went into lockdown procedures, and police searched the building, Kellogg said.

Normal school operations resumed after no evidence of a threat was uncovered. Police continued to investigate the source of the initial threat, Kellogg said.

He thanked residents for providing information to police and the school.

Watkins said he is confident school security measures were properly initiated to investigate the threat properly and ensure school safety. He said the school will continue to investigate the initial source of the message.

"Safety is of course a priority, and we jumped right on it," Watkins said. "We have everything under control and everything is safe."


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