Investigation finds there was never any threat directed at Buffalo Gap High School

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After an investigation by the Augusta County Sheriff's Office, deputies have concluded that there was never actually any social media threat directed at Buffalo Gap High School.

On Monday, there were additional deputies present at the school after some social media posts sparked concern among students and their families.

The Sheriff's Office first received a complaint on Saturday, February 17, that threats had been made toward the school on a local media outlet's Facebook page.

Deputies examined the posts and found that they appeared to be a personal opinion, but contacted the author nonetheless.

Then, at about 1 a.m. Monday morning, the Sheriff's Office got reports that other posts had been made online referencing that "something may happen" at the school on Monday.

Deputies worked through the night to investigate and determined that no threat existed. They say it appears the original posts about the school, made on a local media outlet's Facebook page, were taken out of context by others, which led to more people taking those out-of-context posts at their word and believing a threat existed.

To ensure the safety of all students and staff, additional deputies were posted at select Augusta County schools on Monday morning.

No charges were filed, because no threat was found, and no further information is being released at this time.


There were additional deputies present at Buffalo Gap High School on Monday morning after a school district official said social media posts sparked concern.

The Augusta County Sheriff's Office was informed of the posts beforehand and there is no imminent danger, according to Assistant Superintendent Doug Shifflett.

"Augusta County Public Schools takes threats like these seriously in order to ensure the safety of our students and staff," Shifflett said in a statement.

Shifflett did not comment on the details of the social media message that sparked the concern, but said the Sheriff's Office investigated throughout the night.

Officials with Buffalo Gap refused comment.

Last week, there was an increased police presence at local schoolsafter a Snapchat post from a South Carolina high schooler threatening a "round 2" of Florida's school shooting.