This morning calls flooded into the Abbeville Police Department, warning about threats of weapons being brought to Abbeville High School.
Multiple agencies were on hand this morning doing a complete sweep of Abbeville high school.
Nothing was found and school went on by 10 a.m. But as Police Chief Mike Jones said, investigators believe the stabbing and the threats are not only connected but gang related.
As Abbeville High students showed up for class Tuesday, law enforcement was right behind them.
Abbeville Police Chief Mike Jones said, “The police department received many, many calls from concerned parents saying that they had heard that there would be knives and guns at the school.”
Henry County Sheriff Will Maddox said, “We got everyone we could to come out and check it out and make sure everything was ok. And we searched all the students book bags and around their desks. Just for a safety check to make sure nothing was brought to the school.”
All was clear, but investigators say the threats were in retaliation for the stabbing death of 17-year-old Tyric Brown outside of a block party. The past few days have shown law enforcement they're dealing with a much larger problem.
Jones said, “We have at least three gangs in this town…That’s what the fight was about. Sorry about the way it ended up but that’s what caused it.”
Chief Jones says the murder is part of a spike in gang activity over the past four months. “A lot of your robberies and burglaries and other stuff, gangs are doing that.”
Something the five officers on the gang task force are hoping to change.
Maddox said, “We are going to come down on gangs. Anyone affiliated with a gang, you are our target at the moment.”
Chief Jones and Sheriff Maddox said parents shouldn’t be concerned about sending their kids to school. They say their officers are on call 24/7 and will continue to investigate who was behind the threats.
If you hear about any type of threat, no matter how small.., law enforcement urges you to report it.
They will continue to take every threat seriously, hoping to be proactive in preventing any type of tragedy.