A 21st Century threat
Social media played a role Tuesday in the Fredericksburg High School bomb threat.
The incident was originally posted on Snapchat. Snapchat, a social media platform, allows a user to take a photo or video and set it for a certain amount of time before it disappears. The application (app) is popular among students.
According to Fredericksburg Police Chief Steve Wetz, the contents of the message said, “Explosive device in school.”
Fredericksburg Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Eric Wright, said a student saw the post on Snapchat before reporting it to the FHS staff.
“A student brought the photo to the office via a screenshot, which we then used to initiate the protocol,” Wright said.
Because the situation was reported over social media and not via note or in person, Wright does not see a problem tracking down the perpetrator.
“We just hope to catch the perpetrator and use the person as an example,” he said. “Anytime you do things like this, you leave a footprint and you’ll get caught.”
Many FISD parents were first notified of the situation on social media accounts.
“Really upset the school didn’t notify any of the parents,” Rose Ledezma said via Facebook.
The Facebook account for the Fredericksburg Police Department revealed the location of the students so parents were able to pick them up. The Standard-Radio Post used verifiable information on its social media pages from the FPD and FISD staff to keep the public informed.
At around 2:20 p.m., FISD released a statement in regard to the threat on the FISD Facebook page.
Shortly after, a text message was sent out to parents stating the school was open so students could gather any of their belongings or vehicles.