|Incident Reported At Clifton Middle School|
Alleghany County, VA (April 10, 2018) - Editor's note: the following is the full text of a news release from the Alleghany County School Board's office at about 4:16 p.m.
"The administration at Clifton Middle School was made aware of a verbal threat. Upon learning of the threat, the administrators immediately reported the threat to the Sheriffâ€™s Office. It was determined that the threat was made by a student and was not a credible threat.
"However, Alleghany County Public Schools and the Sheriffâ€™s Office take any threat seriously, whether it was done in jest or to disrupt our schools. Based on communication with the student's family and with the Sheriffâ€™s office, the student admitted to making the threat and the student has been charged.
"We understand situations such as these are concerning to parents, students, and the greater community. We want you to be aware that the administration of Clifton Middle School has exercised extreme diligence and taken all proper actions required by law and in the best interests of our students and our faculty.
"Alleghany County Public Schools maintains strict policies and procedures designed to protect the safety and well-being of our students. We urge you to have a serious conversation with your children about the ramifications of threats. It does not matter if they meant the words as a prank, a joke, or sarcasm, we take them seriously, and so does the Sheriffâ€™s Office. We urge everyone to remain vigilant. If you or your child hears or sees anything unusual, please report the unusual activity to the school or local law enforcement officials immediately. We must work collaboratively to keep our children safe in the community and safe at school. Together, we can make a difference!"