LURAY, Va. (WHSV) — Police in the Shenandoah Valley responded to yet another threat against schools on Tuesday.
At about 12:30 p.m. on February 20, the Page County Sheriff's Office received info that there was a potential threat of harm against the students, faculty and staff of Luray High School.
As a result, the Sheriff's Office, along with Page County Public Schools Administration, says they took precautionary measures to ensure the safety of all in the school.
While an official statement did not clarify what those measures were, parents told WHSV that students were temporarily evacuated from the high school to the middle school.
With the assistance of the Luray Police Department, the Virginia State Police, Albemarle County Police Department and Federal Protective Reserve, officers were able to determine that the school was safe, and hand operation back over to the school's staff.
While the threat turned out to be unfounded, with the tragedies that have unfolded around the nation, the Page County Sheriff’s Office takes any threat seriously.
Other local departments do the same, which resulted in a 13-year-old Harrisonburg child being charged Tuesday with a felony after making a social media threat that turned out to be a hoax.
A separate threat was made toward Buffalo Gap High School on Monday, and several schools throughout the Valley stepped up police presence at the end of last week due to a threat that turned out to have originated in South Carolina.
The Page County Sheriff's Office will continue to work with school officials to investigate the origin of this threat, and will take appropriate action once the investigation is complete.
That action will likely result in serious charges, which could bring jail time to whoever my be responsible.