Community meeting scheduled to talk about school threat concerns

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ7)-- UPDATE: Lynchburg school officials scheduled a community meeting for Tuesday evening to discuss events that led to a potential threat at EC Glass High School.

Lynchburg City Schools sent the following information late Tuesday afternoon:

"Superintendent Crystal Edwards and E. C. Glass Principal Jeffrey Garrett will be holding a community meeting this evening at 5 p.m. in the E. C. Glass High School Civic Auditorium to share updates and have a conversation with you about recent events in the community last week, which preceded the events that happened in the school causing concern about safety.

"Thank you to all the students and families that alerted the administration to the perceived threat posted to social media. LCS administration sent a message out to all E. C. Glass families and staff to raise awareness to the situation. The Lynchburg Police Department investigated and was not able to verify that there was a credible threat to E. C. Glass or any Lynchburg City School.

"Be assured though, that LCS takes all threats seriously. We also understand the social media posting created concerns among parents, students, and staff. We know that many parents made the decision to keep their students at home based on their concerns. We also want you to know, and understand, that we care very much about your children. Our teachers, staff, principals, and SROs care! While many students were absent (absences will be excused) our staff was here at school for our students.

"Please join us this evening for this community meeting at 5 p.m. in the E. C. Glass High School Civic Auditorium. Also in attendance will be members of the Lynchburg Police Department and other community organizations who support our schools."

ORIGINAL STORY: Lynchburg Police say they have not been able to verify a creduible threat to EC Glass High School, or any Lynchburg City school, for Tuesday.

Police say, "We understand the fear this has caused for families, students, and staff. At this time, there is no evidence of a substantiated threat. The Lynchburg Police Department will continue to provide enhanced security at both Lynchburg City high schools today."

Police say they interviewed multiple people with knowledge of a social media post about a threat of violence at EC Glass before making their determination.

But police say, "This series of incidents stresses the importance of verifying information with local law enforcement. Anytime individuals see or hear something of concern, we ask them to please call 9-1-1, (434) 847-1602, or anonymously report to Crime Stoppers by calling (888) 798-5900.

"We ask anyone with additional information about this threat or those who might be involved to contact Det. H. Blomquist at (434) 485-7267 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 798-5900. Enter a tip online at http://p3tips.com or use the P3 app on a mobile device."

Police say there was an increased level of uniformed officials at both city high schools Tuesday as they were aware of information about a potential shooting threat that had been circulating online.

School spokesperson Cindy Babb says this message was sent to families of students at the school: “Lynchburg City Schools, the Lynchburg Police Department, and the E. C. Glass administrative team are aware of concerning social media posts being sent to students and families. As a result, there is an active investigation, and we are having extra police presence and LCS staff on hand during the school day tomorrow.”

Police said they were actively investigating the case, and would prosecute all involved parties to the fullest extent of the law.

They ask anyone with information to contact 434-485-7267 or Crime Stoppers at 888-798-5900.

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