According to the Salem Police Department, no positive identification has been made but police are interviewing suspects linked to the threats made against the Salem Middle School.

Assistant Chief of Police Tim Miller said police are “in the process of interviews.”


Salem Schools Superintendent Dr. Lynn Reed said police were interviewing students who might have information regarding the threats.

The threat kept many students home in Salem. Attendance was down to 40 percent at both Bradie M. Shrum and Salem Middle School.

Attendance was at a little over 50 percent at Salem High School, according to Reed.

“We have additional police patrol on campus & we are not having outdoor recess,” said Reed. “We have put safety as our number one priority and have cameras inside and outside our buildings, enhanced safety glass at our entrance doors, new locking systems, and last year all staff received training from School Zone – a school safety company recommended by the Indiana School Safety Academy.”
Reed added: “We have 5 certified school safety specialists in our district and visitors  to all three schools must be granted entrance by a secretary who has an audio/video monitor.”

Threats were made Tuesday night regarding a possible shooting on Wednesday at the Salem Middle School.

At approximately 7:45p, Salem Police Resource Officer Carey Cook was notified of a threat made against the Salem Middle School.

Cook passed the information to the school and Miller.

According to police, the threat was made from fake Instagram and Snapchat accounts.

Officers are currently investigating the matter.

The school sent an automated messaged to parents of all students to make them aware of the situation last evening.

The Salem Police Department has received additional assistance from the Washington County Sheriff’s Department and Indiana State Police to heighten the security of the schools on Wednesday.

Last night, two additional schools in southern Indiana had threats made similar to the one against Salem Middle School and will be on heightened security today, after police say someone made “direct threats” on social media.

Jeffersonville Police held a late night press conference Tuesday night.

They say violent threats were made against two specific Greater Clark County Schools in Jeffersonville. The threats specifically targeted: Parkview and River Valley Middle Schools.

Police haven’t said exactly what those posts say, but officials say it’s the same account threatened both the schools and students.

Jeffersonville Police Major Joe Hubbard says they are working with Greater Clark County school officials to investigate.