BEDFORD COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) – Some parents, at Staunton River High School, are checking their student out, after an unfounded threat was posted online.
Social media posts were circulating about a student who had made threats. The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office said it questioned that individual and found that the alleged threat lacked merit and was unsubstantiated. It says it reviewed the information with the Commonwealth Attorney’s office and does not anticipate any criminal charges being filed.
Still, many parents were exercising caution by picking their kids up from school early.
“On and on, she just kept texting Mom, I’m scared. Please come get me. Mom, if anything happens, I love. I feel for her. I don’t want her to feel that way at school,” says parent Allison Crow.
Crow was among the parents who picked up their child from the school.
“First, I was like I don’t really want to die. I have more that I could do. But then I was like, well, there’s other kids at my school who are probably thinking the same thing and it’d just be horrible for somebody to have to go through that,” says Crow’s daughter, Madison.
According to the Bedford County School’s spokesperson, the number of absent students today range from 150-200.
“I noticed, walking to second period, I was like there’s not a lot of people here anymore,” says Madison Crow.
The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office says it was aware of the possible threat before school even began, and worked immediately to address it.
“We’re always concerned about something like this and we’ll always respond,” says Bedford County Sheriff Michael Brown.
Just a week into the school year, many students were afraid to be in the classroom. But the school district and Bedford County Sheriff’s Office maintain everything is being done to keep students safe.
Below is the a statement released by the district:
“Whereas we completely understand our parent’s concerns, we are abundantly confident that Staunton River High School is a safe learning environment today. We continue to have an increased law enforcement presence at the school to ensure it stays this way.”