5 NEWS UPDATE: Harrison County Schools On Heightened Alert
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on May 10, 2013 @ 5:58PM
Created on May 10, 2013 @ 11:27AM
There's some confusion over how that threat was sent out. Harrison County school officials told 5 News Friday morning that the threat was made over social media. Police say it might have been a text and a spokesperson for the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston said that the threat came in the form of an email. Regardless, that spokesperson doesn't believe that the threat represented any kind of specific danger to the students, staff, or the school. Instead the threat might have been directed more to himself.
For Clarksburg Police, it didn't matter who the threat was directed at. They took the actions they thought were necessary to keep everyone safe. 5 officers were at the school until students were dismissed at 1:00. Chief Marshall Goff said that they wanted to take precautionary measures to ensure everyone's safety. He believes they went above and beyond what they needed to do.
The spokesman for the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, Bryan Minor, told 5 News the student sent an email to numerous people in the community early Friday morning. He said there was no specific threat made to students, the school, or staff at Notre Dame High School. Minor said the email appeared to show the student was very down. He said he's concerned for the individuals safety.
Family, law enforcement, and school administration have worked together to try and bring about a positive outcome to this situation. He said they pray this young man knows that whatever it is, whatever is going on in his mind, that he's not alone.
Again, Minor said he doesn't think there was a specific threat to anyone, but perhaps himself.
Notre Dame officials have been in constant contact with parents to update them on the situation. Some students have been picked up from school early.
Clarksburg Police Deputy Chief told 5 News they have five officers stationed at Notre Dame High School for precautionary purposes. He said there were threats made so they're just making is safe for the students to continue their school day.
Police said the student who made threats attends Notre Dame High School, but lives in Marion County.
All Harrison County schools are on heightened alert after a student didn't show up to school. This student apparently made some threats through social media.
School officials are being asked to double check all doors and be careful about who they admit into school buildings.
Notre Dame High School is dismissing students at 1:15 Friday afternoon.
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