Carthage school students, parents and administrators were rocked again on Friday after a threat to “shoot up” Carthage High School next Monday was sent out via Instagram on Friday.

Carthage school students, parents and administrators were rocked again on Friday after a threat to “shoot up” Carthage High School next Monday was sent out via Instagram on Friday.

It was the second time this week that school officials have had to respond to an apparent threat to the schools. The threats came as parents, students and school officials and staff were forced to come to grips with another school shooting in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14 that left 17 students and staff dead at a high school.

Carthage Police teamed up on Friday with school officials, Jasper County Sheriff's Deputies and Missouri State Highway Patrol Troopers to investigate the threat and blanket all Carthage schools with officers to make sure all in them were safe.

Parents and students shared a screen shot of the purported threat, and parents swarmed to Carthage High School to take their kids out of school after about 11 a.m. Friday.

“When I got here (to Carthage High School) about 10:30 a.m. everything was quite,” said Carthage Police Detective Ben Vogt. “Once word got out about the possible threat, parents started showing up and requesting that their kids leave the school.”

Superintendent Mark Baker used the district's automated phone messaging system to alert parents to the threat around 12:30 p.m.

“Please be aware we are investigating a recent post concerning something that might occur at the high school next week,” Baker said in his message to parents. “Law enforcement officials are investigating the situation, I will keep you posted as information becomes available. Please understand that students safety is our top priority. Thank you.”

Carthage Police Chief Greg Dagnan said police responded immediately to all schools, requesting help from the Jasper County Sheriff's Office and the Missouri State Highway Patrol to help station officers at all the schools and investigate the threat.

“The schools were great on this,” Dagnan said. “Our officers responded and we teamed up with school officials to start investigating this threat immediately. We increased security at all the schools as a precaution and to reassure parents, students and staff.”

Dagnan said even with the increased security, Carthage High School was never on “lock down,” even though rumors running rampant around town said it was.

This was the second time since the school shooting in Parkland, Florida last week that Carthage school officials and law enforcement have had to respond to a local threat.

On Monday, school officials notified parents of “rumors of threats by individuals.”

The notification was sent out late in the school day and police and school officials worked at that time to investigate those threats.

On Monday, Dagnan said Carthage Police had increased the presence of officers at Carthage schools as a deterrent and to ease fears of parents and students in the wake of the Florida school shooting.

He said it has become routine for CPD to place officers at the schools for several days in the wake of any large school shooting.