Wythe County school resource officer discusses gun violence threat

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WYTHE COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ7) - A school resource officer is being credited with helping thwart a possibly dangerous situation at a Wythe County High School.

Kevin Buller has worked in law enforcement for decades. He traded patrolling the streets for school hallways when he took on the role of school resource officer a year and a half ago.

"The thing with being an SRO I think, and like I said, I'm still kind of learning the job, is to be a human," said Buller.

He tries to be someone the students feel like they can approach.

"They want to have someone they enjoy talking to."

That trust came in handy Monday when a student went to the principal's office at Rural Retreat High School with a text from another student looking for a gun.

"The student identified a couple of other students that were on a hit list."

He is grateful the student felt comfortable enough to speak up about the threat.

"It certainly a lot easier to talk to somebody you know than somebody you don't know."

Buller says he's glad he was able to prevent a potentially dangerous situation instead of just reacting to one.

"It saves lives. That's something I would much rather do than have to take one."

The 14-year-old student who made the threat was arrested and charged with class 6 felony 18.2-60 communicating a threat by an electronic device.