Social media post threatening violence prompts lock down at Southern High

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Guam – A social media post threatening violence against a school prompted the immediate lockdown of Southern High School this morning.

Unlike yesterday’s active shooter scare at Tiyan High School, this morning’s lockdown at SHS was not a drill.

The lockdown at the Santa Rita campus comes a day after the active shooter fiasco at Tiyan High School Monday, in which the school principal deliberately alerted the school that the active shooter situation was not a drill when in fact it was.

This morning’s lockdown at Southern high was carried out shortly after 6:45 a.m. According to GDOE Public Information Officer Isa Baza, it was prompted by a possible threat of violence that was discovered on social media in which a student posted words and images depicting violence.

Within minutes of the discovery, the lock down was initiated at 6:49 a.m. and lifted at 7:30 a.m.

The Guam Police Department conducted a search of the student’s belongings which yielded no findings. However the student was removed from the campus by authorities.

SOURCEJolene Toves
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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.