Woman accused of threatening school on social media | Wilson County
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LEBANON, TN (WSMV) – A woman from Mount Juliet faces multiple charges after making a threat involving a high school on a social media platform.
According to a statement from District Attorney Jason Lawson, 18-year-old Mary Keagan Lawrence has been charged with indicating that Green Hill High School would be the target of a shooting on November 12.
The post was posted on YikYak, an anonymous social media platform.
Due to the threat, Green Hill High School’s absenteeism rate more than tripled on November 12.
“We take all of these threats seriously and have a zero tolerance policy,” Lawson said.
Wilson County schools have no record of Lawrence as a student in the system.
“Although the person charged in this case is not a current student, we remind our families to have conversations about the seriousness of these types of incidents involving any type of social media, and that they are the subject of of an investigation with extreme importance among several law enforcement agencies, “the school system said in a statement on Monday.
An increased police presence was required at the school, and a coordinated effort with the FBI, TBI, Wilson County Sheriff’s Office, Mt. Juliet Police, and the District Attorney’s Office immediately began investigating the incident.
“People are wrong to believe that when they post anonymously, law enforcement cannot determine who posted the post. While the post may be anonymous to others on the site, law enforcement has the mechanisms to determine who posted the post, and we will use those mechanisms and charge the person responsible, ”Lawson said.
YikYak is an online bulletin board that allows people within a five mile radius to view allegedly anonymous messages.
The site has been the source of intense criticism due to the potential for cyberbullying and communication threats. The site was created in 2016, but closed in 2017 due to these issues. It was reopened in August 2021.
According to YikYak’s website, he voluntarily cooperates with law enforcement regarding any post posted on the platform.
She is scheduled to appear in Wilson County General Sessions Court on April 14, 2022.
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