Arrest made in connection to safety threat towards Greensville County HS students

Greensville County High School
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Published: Dec. 6, 2021 at 5:56 AM EST|Updated: Dec. 6, 2021 at 6:39 PM EST
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GREENSVILLE COUNTY, Va. (WWBT) - Greensville County High School students learned virtually for a second day due to a possible threat online.

A letter to parents from the superintendent said the Greensville County Sheriff Department made an arrest after a threat was posted.

“We encourage our families to speak with their children about the importance of acting responsibly online. Please be sure to monitor your students’ online activity, as well,” the letter said.

The school was also closed on Dec. 3 after a student was shot and killed on the night of Dec. 1. Superintendent Dr. Kelvin Edwards confirmed with NBC12 that the online threat was linked to that homicide.

Community members said it was a 17-year-old 10th grader who died. They also believe this crime and the threats to the school are likely gang-related. That is something the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office has not yet confirmed.

Rhonda Clements is concerned about what’s been going on at the school.

“I know that a boy was shot and killed,” Clements said. “You hear so much, and you’re not sure what’s the truth in all of it, but then I think they were afraid of problems at school or may have had some problems at school.”

Clements says she is upset these events frightened students, impacting their learning.

“My kids went to that school, and it’s sad to see that, you know, schools are like that, the kids are scared to go to school,” she said.

NBC12 reached out to the Greensville County Sheriff multiple times and even showed up at his office but have not heard back. There is still no word on what the threat entailed or the name of the person arrested.

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