Alleged threat to schools was not credible, officials say

Louisa County Public Schools sent a notice to families this evening to assure them that an alleged threat to the schools made on social media was not credible. Superintendent Doug Straley later sent a follow-up note with some additional details.

The supposed threat involved a social media posting about a rumored school shooting; it did not reference a specific school. The post was shared by several individuals. The Louisa County Sheriff's Office interviewed the person who made the post and those who shared it, and concluded that there was no credible threat. Still, Straley said additional security would be assigned to the schools today as a result of the threat.

The initial notice to families reads as follows:

"Greetings LCPS Families;

This afternoon, we were made aware of rumors concerning an alleged threat to Louisa County Public Schools. This rumor was posted -- and subsequently spread -- on social media.

Immediately upon receiving this information, LCPS administration worked with the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office to investigate this rumor. After a thorough review, the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office has made us aware that this situation was nothing more than a rumor and there is no credible threat to Louisa County Public Schools. We want to thank the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office for their diligence in this case. 

We also want to be clear that threats that reference our school or our students -- whether vague or direct -- will not be tolerated. At Louisa County Public Schools, we have zero tolerance for threats of any sort. Whenever we receive information concerning a threat, we immediately provide that information to local law enforcement officers, and those responsible are subject to disciplinary action and, potentially, legal consequences.  

Safety in our schools is our number one priority and we want to thank all those who brought this information to our attention.  Should you or your student have any concerns or questions regarding this or any other safety matter, please do not hesitate to contact us here at LCPS at (540)894-5115. 

Thank you for your continued support of #TeamLCPS. We look forward to welcoming all our students back tomorrow for a great week of school."

Straley's follow-up message reads as follows:

"Greetings TeamLCPS Families;

I wanted to reach out to you again tonight because some of you have reached out to us concerning our message that was sent to all LCPS families earlier today. We always want our communications to you to be as detailed as possible while also respecting the investigative process, so we want to be clear in several details involved in this situation.

  • The alleged threat concerned a social media post about a rumored school shooting. The post was vague, and no specific school in Louisa County was referenced.  
  • Because no specific school was mentioned, we felt it was important to provide families at all schools with an update.
  • The Louisa County Sheriff’s Office conducted an in-depth interview and investigation with the individual who made the initial post -- as well as others involved in sharing the post -- and determined that it was not a credible threat and instead was indeed a rumor that quickly spread through social media.
  • Please know that any threat, credible or not, is taken seriously and disciplinary action and/or legal consequences will be issued. 

As is always the case when a threat of any sort is made, whether credible or not, we will have additional security on-hand at ALL of our schools tomorrow. The safety of our students and staff is always our top priority and I want to assure you that this will always be the case. 

If there is ever a safety concern, please contact school and/or division administrators directly so the concern can be addressed as quickly and efficiently as possible. I also want to encourage all parents to talk with their students about the seriousness and potential dangers of circulating rumors.  

My hope is that these details provide further clarity to the situation. Thank you for your concern for the well-being of our students, staff, and community! If you have any questions, please send me an email at any time."

Last updated at 9:40 a.m. on Dec. 6, 2021

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