IRC Sheriff’s Office Addresses Recent School Threats

Indian River County Sheriff's Office is asking parents to monitor their children's social media.
Indian River County Sheriff's Office is asking parents to monitor their children's social media.

SEBASTIAN – Over the past two school days, the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office has fielded a number of tips from students, parents, and concerned citizens relating to threats on school campuses. Each of these threats are taken seriously, investigated thoroughly, and followed up on.

As of this time, no arrests have been made in connection with any of these incidents, however, some have resulted in school discipline up to expulsion.

“Social media has largely been the platform for these incidents. We would encourage parents to strongly monitor the social media accounts of their children,” Major Eric Flowers told Sebastain Daily.

Some of these social media platforms are Snapchat, Instagram, and Facebook.

“We take every single tip we receive as being credible until we can prove otherwise. We know many students and parents are anxious in wake of last week’s tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. We assure you that we are working hard to protect our most vulnerable asset, the children of our community. Criminal prosecution and school discipline will be sought for those who disrupt school functions,” said Indian River County Sheriff Deryl Loar.

DISCLAIMER: Arrests and mugshots were made public by complaint affidavits, arrest affidavits, and police reports. All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty.

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