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Escalated reports of cyberbullying threats at Safford High School

Posted at 6:45 PM, Nov 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-07 21:03:02-05

A Safford High School mother says her daughter received anonymous threatening messages through the social media app Snapchat since October 23rd.

KGUN9 is not disclosing the identities of this mother and daughter for their own for safety.

The mother says the messages threaten her daughter to take her own life or she will be killed. 

"I just don't like to read them because it hurts me to know that somebody wants to do that to my child and I can't do nothing about it," the mother said. 

The high school freshman says she blocked this Snapchat account. However, the messages are still being sent to a number of her friends through the app--- sometimes up to three a day.

"I get angry, I get scared, I get sad because we have a lot of bullying here in Safford and I don't want her to do something drastic to herself to make her think this will go away," she said. "When we found out this was happening and to her, I don't want to go down that same road. I want her to be a voice for little girls to be here and be strong."

Safford School District says it believes multiple people are involved and is working with police. 

A spokesperson for the social app Snapchat stated: "Bullying, harassment, and threats have no place on Snapchat.. and they have a zero tolerance policy toward this kind of content... and are working with local law enforcement." 

Shortly after KGUN9 brought this to Snapchat's attention, it deleted the account. 

The district hopes anyone with information on this incident comes forward.