Police: Threat against Buckingham Co. schools originated out-of-state
BUCKINGHAM Co., Va. (WWBT) - Virginia State Police said the threat made against Buckingham County Schools originated out of state and is not credible.
The threat, which police said has circulated on social media in other states, prompted schools to close Wednesday.
VSP said that since the multi-agency investigation is ongoing, the source of the threat is not being identified at this time.
Troopers said the threat was not credible.
The superintendent said the decision to hold classes virtually for the rest of the week has not changed. When students return Monday, additional safety measures will be in place.
The Buckingham Sheriff’s Office said threats of violence at the high school have come over the past few days.
- Friday, Dec. 3 - Thee School Resource Officer received information that a student was going to bring a firearm to school. Officials investigated and found no immediate threat.
- Monday, Dec. 6 - Information was received that two students exchanged a firearm in the boy’s bathroom. Officials investigated and found a CO2 pellet pistol in a student’s book bag. Two students were then suspended with only one facing a criminal charge.
- Tuesday, Dec. 7 - Information was received that a group text message threatening violence at the end of the day was circulating. Officials increased safety measures to ensure student safety. Later that evening, a new threat of violence circulated on social media. That prompted school administrators to learn virtually for the rest of the week.
“As this criminal investigation continues, the prompt actions by School Officials and the SRO have maintained a high level of security for all our students. We are committed to providing a safe learning environment and intend to bring those responsible for these threats to justice. Anyone with information concerning these threats are encouraged to bring it to the attention of School Officials or the School Resource Officer,” the sheriff’s office said.
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