Social media threat increases security at Troy Christian


More than 60 percent of students stayed home Monday

By Melanie Yingst - [email protected]



TROY — The Troy Police Department is investigating the source of threats made through social media against a small group of Troy Christian High School students that caused many students to stay home from school on Monday.

Troy Police Department Captain Jeff Kunkleman said detectives are working to determine the source of the threat, which was made anonymously on Instagram last week.

Kunkleman said the threat was made to individual students and not to the district as a whole. Four officers were on Troy Christian Schools’ campus on Monday for security purposes.

According to Troy Christian Schools’ Superintendent Dr. Gary Wilber, a small group of Troy Christian High School freshmen were threatened with “slanderous threats” on Instagram, which increased school security presence on campus on Monday.

Wilber said the school district continued with its normal school day despite more than 60 percent of students who stayed home due to the threat.

Wilber said parents took screen shots of the messages, which were relayed to authorities. Wilber said the school district sent a message that if students were uncomfortable attending school on Monday, they could take an excused absence.

“We are confident we have the situation under control,” Wilber said. “We are confident in spirit that our students are safe. We ask parents to continue to monitor their students social media accounts and if they see things on sites like Instagram to let us know.”

More than 60 percent of students stayed home Monday

By Melanie Yingst

[email protected]

Reach Melanie Yingst at [email protected] or follow her on Twitter @Troydailynews

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