Precautions continue; police find no evidence to validate potential Danville school threat

Published: Dec. 3, 2021 at 9:42 AM EST
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DANVILLE, Va. (WDBJ) - Danville Public Schools is investigating a potential threat made on social media regarding George Washington High School.

Danville Police say they were called about 8:15 a.m. Friday. providing extra uniformed personnel working with Danville Public Schools employees and security for people arriving on campus.

Police say after completing searches, “no evidence has been identified to validate this potential threat that originated via social media.”

The school was placed on a lockout Friday morning because of the potential threat.

Students were dismissed from buses one by one Friday morning, with security checks administered as students entered the building as a precaution, according to the school district.

The district says, “For the remainder of the semester as we continue to investigate, we will continue security checks, and we discourage students from bringing bookbags, unless they are clear, to expedite entry into school each day. We will communicate when that investigation concludes. Again, these are safety precautions we are taking to make sure that our school remains safe for students to learn.”

Danville Police investigators report they are working to back track the source of the potential threat. Investigators are interviewing someone they believe is the first person to start sharing information of a threat on social media, but they say it cannot be validated that this person ever actually saw or heard a threat at all.

Additional police personnel beyond the normal school resource officers will continue to partner with Danville Public Schools throughout the day to ensure the safety of everyone at George Washington High School, according to police, saying, “The Danville Police Department takes even the slightest of threats very serious and the co-response with the school today was out of an abundance of caution for the safety of everyone involved.”

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