School threat determined to be unfounded

Published 9:58 am Monday, November 4, 2019


CHELSEA – The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office announced on Wednesday, Oct. 30, that an investigation into a possible threat at Chelsea Middle School determined the threat was unfounded.

The SCSO began receiving information through “multiple sources” about the possible threat at about 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 30, according to information provided by the Sheriff’s Office.

“The school resource officer, investigators, patrol deputies and other school officials immediately began to investigate the situation,” the press release stated. “Sheriff’s Office personnel worked to locate and interview all parties allegedly involved in the matter. The investigation has revealed there was no credible threat to the school or students.”

The SCSO said additional deputies would be at the school on Thursday, Oct. 31, as a precautionary measure for the safety of students, faculty and staff.

“We are committed to our partnership with the Shelby County Board of Education to provide a safe and secure learning environment for all students and school personnel, and we are thankful for those that came forward with information when they had a concern,” Sheriff John Samaniego said.

Anyone with information relating to the safety of schools is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (205) 669-4181, the Secret Witness line at (205) 669-9116 or at by clicking on the “Reporter a Crime” link under the “Helpful Links” section.

Always call 911 for emergency situations.