Alleged Nelson County threat suspects identified; students return to school

Published: Aug. 30, 2021 at 6:50 AM EDT
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NELSON COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ) - UPDATE: People accused of making threats regarding school violence in Nelson County have been identified, and the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office says there is no ongoing concern.

Security has been added to each of the four schools Tuesday for students’ return.

Read the full statement released Monday night.

EARLIER STORY: Nelson County Public Schools plans to have students back to class Tuesday after cancelling classes Monday.

According to the school district’s Facebook page, “The Nelson County Sheriff’s Department is working to investigate threats on social media regarding violence toward our schools. Anyone who has any information regarding these threats is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Dept. as they are very serious and concerning. Our top priority is the safety of our students and staff.”

Nelson County Public Schools were also closed Friday, Aug. 27 after an incident at the high school that included a juvenile being detained by deputies.

Sunday afternoon, NCPS posted rumors were going around of a planned protest at one of the schools.

“We do not support this activity on our school campus and within the school day,” the post said. “In lieu of this planned protest, we will open up the auditorium during lunch to allow for a productive conversation and give our students a chance to voice their concerns. It is important that all students understand that skipping class or leaving class without permission is not allowed and any activity that disrupts the learning environment will not be permitted and will result in appropriate disciplinary action.”

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