UPDATE: Juvenile charged after Wythe County authorities investigate second possible social media threat involving George Wythe High School

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UPDATE 2:37 p.m.: The Wythe County Sheriff’s Office says a minor has been charged following the second possible social media threat against George Wythe High School in two days.

According to authorities, while investigating the first possible social media threat to George Wythe High on Tuesday, Sept. 21 — which led to the lockdown of the high school and the Wythe County Technology Center — they were led to an area outside of Wythe County.

After a thorough search of George Wythe High, the sheriff’s office says nothing was found and the students were released, but the investigation into this reported threat is still ongoing.

Then, on Wednesday, Sept. 22, both the sheriff’s office and administrative officials from Wythe County Public Schools investigated a second possible threat to George Wythe High on social media.

According to officials, the investigation took them to a Wythe County home. Deputies reportedly found evidence and placed charges against a juvenile for threats of death or bodily injury to a person on school property.

There is no word on the identity or age of this juvenile, or even whether the juvenile has any connection to George Wythe High.


WYTHE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — For the second day in a row, Wythe County authorities are investigating social media posts possibly threatening George Wythe High School.

According to officials, the Wythe County Sheriff’s Office and Wythe County Public Schools became aware of images posted on social media of weapons using language that identified George Wythe High School on Wednesday, Sept. 22.

The sheriff’s office says investigators determined there is no credible threat to George Wythe High or any other public school in the county.

“Individuals responsible for posting these images will be held accountable to the greatest extent possible,” the Wythe County Sheriff’s Office and Wythe County Public Schools said in a joint statement on Facebook Wednesday.

This news comes after both George Wythe High School and the Wythe County Technology Center were placed on lockdown on Tuesday, Sept. 21 because of a social media threat.

The sheriff’s office says that online post was traced to a home outside of Wythe County and did not pose a tangible threat to George Wythe High, the Wythe County Technology Center, or any other school in the district.

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