UPDATE: As of 2 p.m., the JPD has confirmed that the online threat originated in the United Kingdom and is continuing to investigate it. However, officials believe there is no local threat and have no information supporting any immediate threat.
Jacksonville Police Chief Andrew Hawkes said the JPD contacted JISD at 7:14 a.m. and alerted area law enforcement agencies by teletype at 8:22 a.m.
UPDATE: Jacksonville ISD Police Chief Bill Avera said his department "has been made aware of the social media post that was received earlier this morning by Jacksonville Police Department. We, too, don't believe that the threat is credible; but are cooperating with all local, state and federal agencies in order to identity the person(s) who are responsible for the post. We are monitoring the situation and will update as appropriate."
Jacksonville police officials are searching for information about someone who threatened to “shoot up every school and daycare within a 30-mile radius then I'm coming for your officers.”
The message was received on the Jacksonville Police Department's Facebook page at 6:21 a.m. Tuesday.
Jacksonville Police Chief Andrew Hawkes said he does not believe the threat to be credible at this time; however, area schools and law enforcement agencies have been notified, including the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
“The Jacksonville Police Department is actively working on identifying this Facebook profile,” Hawkes said in a news release.
He encourages schools and daycares to increase security, despite the belief that the threat is not credible.
Anyone with information related to the threat is asked to call the JPD at (903) 586-2546.