Roanoke Police investigating threat against elementary school after map of school was found

Parents of students were notified by phone
Published: Jun. 2, 2022 at 6:04 PM EDT
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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - Roanoke Police are actively investigating a possible threat against an elementary school. School officials tell WDBJ7 the threat was made by a student at Preston Park Elementary School and that an active police investigation is underway.

WDBJ7 received an alarming image from a concerned viewer, the papers include alarming language, referencing weapons, guns and a shooting.

Potential Threat at Elementary School
Potential Threat at Elementary School

The school district said the incident happened Wednesday.

A school spokesperson said a faculty meeting was held Wednesday, and a call went out to parents and guardians of children at Preston Park Elementary from the principal:

I am calling to make you aware that today we investigated a potential threat made against the school by one of our students. School administrators and the Roanoke Sheriff’s Office followed all security protocols. As a result, the potential threat was mitigated and there were no further security concerns identified. Students remained safe and were able to maintain their schedules throughout the entire school day.

The safety and security of our students and staff is our top priority and we assure you that appropriate disciplinary actions are being taken. Please continue to remind your student of the importance of saying something if they see something. As always, feel free to contact the school with any concerns. School administrators and the Roanoke Sheriff’s Office followed all security protocols. As a result, the potential threat was mitigated and there were no further security concerns identified. Students remained safe and were able to maintain their schedules throughout the entire school day,” said Roanoke City Public Schools.

The Roanoke City Police Department is handling the ongoing investigation into the possible threat, according to school officials.

June 9th is the last day of class for Roanoke City Public School students.

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