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Threats prompt heightened security in three southern Indiana school districts

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Jeffersonville, Ind. (WDRB) -- Three schools in southern Indiana are on heightened security Wednesday morning, after police say someone made "direct threats" on social media.

Jeffersonville Police held a late night press conference Tuesday.  They say violent threats were made against two specific Greater Clark County Schools in Jeffersonville. The threats specifically targeted: Parkview and River Valley Middle Schools. Police haven't said exactly what those posts say, but officials say  it's the same account threatened both the schools and students.

River Valley Middle School had 73.6% in attendance Wednesday. Parkview had 62.6% of students in attendance. 

Jeffersonville Police Major Joe Hubbard says they are working with Greater Clark County school officials to investigate. "We wanted to let all of the students and parents know that we are aware of the situation and are enhancing our security measures during the time of these threats. And we do not want to let this disturb our educational process."

Greater Clark County Schools supervisor of communications, Erin Bojorquez tells WDRB that "We are working with the Jeffersonville Police Department and will have extra security in place throughout the day at all schools." 

A threat against Salem Middle School is also prompting heightened security at Salem Community Schools in Salem, Indiana. Someone using fake Instagram and Snapchat accounts made the threats. 

The school posted the update on the district Facebook page and sent an automated message to all parents and students to make them aware of the situation.

Salem Community Schools superintendent Dr. Lynn Reed tells WDRB that "There will be additional staff posted at all entrances and the entire campus will have additional police presence.  We recently installed enhanced safety glass in our entrances doors as well as redesigned our entrances to make them more secure."

Schools in Clarksville, Indiana will also be on heightened alert. Police there took to Facebook about a threat of increased patrols and police presence at all Clarksville schools.

Police agencies in all three cities are in contact to see if the threats are connected. Indiana State Police are also involved. 

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