UPDATE TO PREVIOUS PRESS RELEASE
On the evening of 2/22/18, the Warren County Sheriff's Office received multiple calls regarding a post circulating on Facebook reference "threats" at a school in Warren County. Sheriff's Office personnel were able to trace the post back to the original person. That person was interviewed and it was found that the original conversation was taken out of context and there was no criminal or malicious intent involved.
February 23, 2018
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Warren County, VA - On the evening of February 21st, 2018 the Warren County Sheriff’s Office received information about a post made on social media referencing a threat to “SHS”. While the threat was not specific to Warren County, working with Warren County Public School Administration, a plan was formulated to address any concerns at Skyline High School. School personnel performed searches of students’ bags when students entered Skyline High School on February 22nd, 2018. Sheriff’s Deputies were present at Skyline and all other Warren County Schools to assist with safety issues. No issues were reported regarding students entering Skyline.
At Warren County Middle School, a student made reference to a bomb at the school. Warren County School Resource Officers interviewed the student and School Administration made the decision to evacuate the school as a safety precaution. All students were transported to Warren County High School. The Sheriff’s Office worked with outside agencies to locate explosive detection canines to assist in searching the school.
Area K-9 units along with a Bomb Technician responded to Warren County Middle school, where k-9 units cleared the school and nothing was located. The school was rendered safe for students and faculty to return. The school was turned back over to faculty. There are students being questioned in relation to the ‘Bomb Threat” and the investigation continues.
Prior to the Bomb Threat at Warren County Middle School , a social media post had been reported to staff at Warren County High School that brought concern , School Resource Deputies and staff quickly located the student involved in the social media post , the student was released to the parents after being interviewed. The investigation is still ongoing involving this incident.
The Warren County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Front Royal Police Department, Virginia State Police, Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, Manassas Park Police Department, Prince William Police Department and Warren County Fire and Rescue.
Any person with information pertaining to this incident is asked to call Sgt. Daniel Maxfield at 540-635-7100 or 540-635-4128.
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February 22, 2018
Sheriff Daniel T. McEathron