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King William Schools increase security following death threat


In King William County, security was beefed up and hundreds of kids stayed home Monday following a death threat. 

That threat was found written inside a bathroom stall last Wednesday. Virginia State Police and King William Sheriff's deputies maintain a strong presence at every school in King William County this week following last week's threat.  

Deputies continually check the same bathroom where the threat was posted looking for any signs of danger.  

"We're taking every measure to make sure all of the kids and staff are safe," said King William High School Principal Stanley Waskiewicz. "Today is probably the safest day you could have sent your student to school. There's no other reason to think that anybody is threatened. The response from the community shows that they were very worried. We wanted them to understand that we weren't taking it lightly either." 

Waskiewicz  decided to ramp up security after someone wrote  "everyone will die" inside a boy's bathroom stall between 1:00 and 3:00 Wednesday afternoon.  The note, accompanied with a drawing of a devil , was dated for Monday. In light of the tragedies in Boston and Connecticut - deputies and state police are on campus all week to ensure safety. 

That means everyone who walks inside the school will go through extra security which means they'll search everyone's bag and use a hand-held metal detectors to search for any objects or possible weapons. 

Roger Volk has grand-kids in the school system. He first heard about the threat Friday.  

"I think it was an attention-getter," said Volk. "A lot of these kids are just in somewhat of a lost world. They're not getting enough parental supervision." 

 Deputies haven't said if they have a suspect in mind or if they're gathering evidence from this surveillance camera near the bathroom where the note was written.  

"I think they need to realize this is not a joke," Lieutenant Tim Hixenbaugh with the King William Sheriff's Office. "When someone does this, it actually is affecting everyone. The parents, the other students, law enforcement."   

Right now police are asking anyone with information on the threat to call King William Crime Solvers at (804) 769-3000. Your tips can remain anonymous.

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