Wythe Co. addresses school threat

By BROOKE J. WOOD

brooke@southwesttimes.com

Wythe County’s school system and sheriff’s department are working jointly to determine who scrawled a threat inside a Fort Chiswell High School restroom.

According to Wythe County Superintendent Dr. Jeff Perry, the threat indicated there would be a shooting at the school.

A student saw the threat written on a stall located inside the high school’s downstairs boys’ restroom Tuesday afternoon. He notified school staff who alerted the administration. The central office issued an alert on their Facebook page.

Although Wythe County Public Schools decided to hold school Wednesday, extra law enforcement officers were present at Fort Chiswell’s middle and high schools. A notice on the school system’s Facebook page stated, “We intend on having school today and we feel that all students and staff will be safe.”

Perry said investigators are currently reviewing camera footage outside the boys’ restroom to establish who went into the facility near the time the writing was first identified. Video cameras are placed throughout the school’s hallways.

“After we determine who has done this there will be serious and severe consequences,” Perry said Wednesday afternoon. “We want students and parents to know we live in a world where this will not be tolerated. There will not only be school consequences. There will be criminal consequences, as well.”

After students are questioned, the school system will proceed with the next steps, Perry explained. He said the investigation may go quickly or take longer, depending upon how much cooperation they received from students who are questioned.

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