A Wednesday post from a Beckville High School student was determined to be “a nonthreatening situation” and there is no threat to students, staff or the Beckville community, Superintendent Devin Tate said in a letter to parents dated Thursday.

“Our school is committed to the safety and education of all our students,” Tate said. “We also want to clearly communicate with our parents about safety issues when they arise. The Sheriff’s Department and Beckville Administration were immediately notified and after the investigation, we want to clearly communicate that at no time was any student threatened or any student put in a possible harmful situation.”

Tate’s notice says a high school student posted a message that may have been interpreted as a possible threat to the high school campus. But Tate said an investigation by the Panola County Sheriff’s Office and Beckville ISD determined it was not a threatening situation.

Tate encouraged parents to discuss this incident with students.

“Emphasize that the things said on social media or through text messaging can easily be misinterpreted,” he said. “Also please emphasize the importance of telling school staff or parents if they feel something they read seems threatening to a student or the school. In this way, we are all working together to keep our school safe.”

Tate encouraged parents with questions to call him at (903) 678-3311 or email him at tated@beckvilleisd.net.


Carthage native Meredith Shamburger has worked for the Panola Watchman since 2018. Before that, she worked at sister papers in Longview and Marshall; the Dallas Morning News; and The Daily Voice, a hyperlocal news company in Westchester County, New York.