Student taken into custody, accused of having a hit list

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ALLEGHANY CO., Va. (WFXR)- The Alleghany County Sheriff’s Office arrested a student on Monday.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, the student is being held on two charges-communicating a written threat and disorderly conduct.

Parents reacted to learning of the news Tuesday.

“I think it’s crazy if you ask me. Nothing like that should be going on here,” says Matthew Downey, whose daughter attends Alleghany High School.

According to authorities, the unnamed boy was a student at Alleghany High School, but was attending Rivermont School in Covington.

“Rivermont School is a therapeutic day school and it is designed to meet the needs of students who cannot have those needs met in the traditional school setting,” says Chief Deputy Matthew Bowser.

Deputies got a tip that the student had a hit list of students and employees to whom the aforementioned student planned to do harm.

“I think they should put metal detectors in the school just in case people would bring in weapons or something like that. Try to avoid problems in the school system,” says Jordan Shinault, a graduate of Alleghany High, and whose sister still attends school there.

Authorities say they did investigate other threats in previous years that were unsubstantiated. But this one was considered a viable threat.

“You never know what could happen. But thankfully someone spoke up and we were able to take control of the situation before it could get to that point,” says Bowser.

The student was placed in a juvenile detention facility. The investigation is ongoing and more charges could come. No acts of actual harm were carried out.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, the hit list was recovered and contained the names of students from Alleghany County Public Schools, Covington City Public Schools and Rockbridge County Public Schools who are current or past attendees of the Rivermont School. The parents/guardians of those students were personally notified. The list also contained names of employees of the Rivermont School, an Alleghany County Sheriff’s Office Deputy and member’s of the suspect’s family. They were all also notified.

The Alleghany County Sheriff’s Office said deputies are confident this is an isolated situation and any possible threat has been neutralized.

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