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Southampton police investigate child’s social media post at Norris school 

  • The William E. Norris School in Southampton.  GAZETTE FILE PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 10/11/2019 3:04:19 PM
Modified: 10/11/2019 3:04:06 PM

SOUTHAMPTON – Following a police response Thursday to the William E. Norris School, police determined that a child’s social media post represented “no viable threat to the safety of the students or staff,” according to Southampton Police Chief Ian Illingsworth, who issued a statement on the department’s Facebook page.

The post states that police responded to the school at around 9 a.m. because of a child’s social media post that was “threatening by nature.”

The chief stated that, while the tone of the post was concerning, “it did not represent a direct, articulated threat.” However, the chief wrote that it did “warrant a response and investigation into any potential capability of harm to the welfare of the school’s children and staff.”

“After investigation and assessment of the source, context, and feasibility of the post, it has been determined that there was no viable threat to the safety of the students or staff,” the chief wrote. 

Additionally, he wrote that as a parent of school-age children, he would have no concerns over his own children’s safety at the William E. Norris School.

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