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According to the Salem Police Department, officers have not found any validity to the threats brought to the schools.

Assistant Chief Tim Miller said several students have been interviewed by the Salem Police Department and several more interviews are being scheduled in an attempt to locate the original source of the threat.

A heightened level of security will continue on all three schools grounds through the rest of the week, especially after two children and a teacher were shot by a gunman at an elementary school in Townville, South Carolina.

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Security is taken very seriously these days – and Salem Community Schools is being tested this week after a threat was made last night to shoot students and/of staff. Local and state police have provided additional security today. This will continue throughout the rest of the week or until police have a suspect in custody.

Additional threats were made against schools in Jeffersonville and Springs Valley in Indiana and others in additional states.

There was a Facebook bomb threat made in January 2016 at East Washington Schools.

 

According to Salem Schools Superintendent Dr. Lynn Reed, she and the administration have been working closely with local police to investigate the threat that was originally made on social media.

“Salem PD has been collaborating with neighboring law enforcement and have determined the threat is not credible,” said Reed. “SCS will continue to follow our safety protocol.  We consider any threat credible until otherwise notified by law enforcement.”

Miller said the investigation is continuing.

“We appreciate the strong presence of the Salem Police Department and the Indiana State Police,” said Reed.

Because of the threat made last Tuesday, parents held many students at home today. In fact, attendance fell to 40 percent at both Salem Middle School and Bradie M. Shrum Elementary Schools as a result.

Attendance was a little over 50 percent at Salem High School.

“We would like to thank the public for the overwhelming amount of support and assistance that has been given to the department since the beginning of this incident,” said Miller. “I hope to continue to have your assistance should anyone have any more information.”

Miller asked the public to continue to be vigilant. “If you see any suspicious activity or have information in reference to this incident, please don’t hesitate to contact the Salem Police Department at 812.883.5100,” said Miller.