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Law enforcement respond to social media threat at Roswell High

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Chaves County Sheriff's personnel talk outside Roswell High School during a "soft" lockdown Tuesday morning after a threatening message was posted on social media.

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Roswell High School is on a “soft” lockdown Tuesday morning after a threat of harm to students was made on social media.

Parents are being allowed to escort their children from the school, said Chaves County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Charles Yslas.

He and other sheriff’s personnel were joining with Roswell Police Department officers and school safety personnel to patrol the school and grounds and investigate the situation.

Yslas, who said he would be at the school throughout the day, added that the Federal Bureau of Investigations had been notified.

The lockdown began about 8 a.m., shortly after students arrived, because of a threat thought to have been posted first to SnapChat that was then shared widely on various social media sites, Yslas said.

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Yslas said that the identity of the original person who made the post is not known at this time.

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Lisa Dunlap is a general assignment reporter for the Roswell Daily Record.