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Oak Hill principal says no verified threat found at school

Local - 10/23/2013 4:25 PM by Karen Franklin
OAK HILL - The principal of a Fayette County high school is insisting there was no credible threat at his school Wednesday despite rumors on social media.

Oak Hill High School Principal Tim Payton told Newswatch that writing on the bathroom walls sparked an investigation by police and K9 deputies who found no substantiated threat. Fire marshals also responded to the school after a faulty fire alarm rang, which caused students to be temporarily relocated.

Administrators insist that posts on Instagram and Facebook about a bomb were not verified and found to be false. Nevertheless, Payton said safety will always be his priority.

"We take all these things seriously," Payton told WOAY. "We are going to react to them, and I would rather air on the side of caution. The thing that we have to make sure of more than anything is that the people are as safe as we can possibly make them."

Payton said school employees were recently talking about their crisis plan and believe Wednesday's events gave them a kick start. He plans to hold a few drills throughout the day Thursday.

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