Thursday basketball game postponed amid investigation of potential threat at Clifton Middle School

Alleghany Highlands News

(Photo: Courtesy Alleghany County Public Schools)

ALLEGHANY COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Clifton Middle School is resuming its regular operations on Friday after an investigation into a possible threat against the Alleghany County school led to a delayed basketball game.

At approximately 3 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 16, Alleghany County Public Schools says administrators at Clifton Middle School learned about a potential threat of a general nature against the school. The district worked alongside the Alleghany County Sheriff’s Office to investigate the threat.

Amid the ongoing investigation, though, school officials say they decided to postpone the boys’ basketball game before the visiting team left for Low Moor.

According to the district, the source of the threat was identified and interviewed by school administrators and a member of the sheriff’s office.

School officials say the investigation determined the threat was not credible, which means that Clifton Middle School will resume its normal activities on Friday, Dec. 17.

If you have any questions or concerns about this matter, you are asked to call the Alleghany County Sheriff’s Office at 540-965-1770.

This news comes after authorities have investigated potential threats against schools in at least six other districts around southwest and central Virginia during the month of December, including Danville High School on Dec. 3, Salem High School on Dec. 7, Parry McCluer High School in Buena Vista on Dec. 8, Franklin County High School on Dec. 8, Brookville High School in Campbell County on Dec. 9, and Radford City Public Schools on Dec. 14.

In addition, numerous local school districts shared statements about a potential increase in law enforcement presence following concerns about an apparent TikTok trend threatening violence nationwide on Friday. However, Alleghany County Public Schools has not addressed that TikTok challenge.

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