UPDATE: One Person Is In Custody After Making Threats At James Monroe High School

UPDATE: (11/1/18 at 12:15 pm)

MONROE COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – One person is in custody after making threats at James Monroe High School.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Department released the following information: ” I would like to reinforce what the Superintendent of Schools has previously posted. In regard to the incident at JMHS, I wish to assure everyone that the incident was dealt with quickly yesterday. The juvenile in question was removed from the school.  Yesterday afternoon our office filed juvenile petitions and took the juvenile into custody. Currently, the juvenile is housed in a secure facility outside of our county. The extra police presence at the school this morning was purely to provide assurance to the children, parents, and faculty that the school was safe. I realize that social media has heightened fear and anxiety over the incident but please know we take any threat to the school very seriously and will take prompt appropriate action to safeguard your children” – Monroe County Sheriff Ken Hedrick


ORIGINAL STORY (11/1/18 at 10:30 AM)

MONROE COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – Monroe County Schools are taking extra precautions and implementing extra security after threats were made by a student at James Monroe High School.

School officials released the following information about the threat made: “Earlier today administration became aware of threats made by a student at JMHS. Situations of this nature are taken very seriously, and as such the school system’s procedures of ensuring the safety of students and staff were implemented. This included the immediate notification of law enforcement. From there, law enforcement has their procedures to, among other things, ensure safety. Although we cannot discuss the current status of the student at issue given that both state and federal law prohibits the same, I can say that the student will not be in attendance at James Monroe High School tomorrow, or in the near future. I can assure all students, parents, and staff that law enforcement has determined that James Monroe High School is absolutely safe. Additional law enforcement will also be present tomorrow at the school.”

Stay with WOAY Newswatch for further updates on this developing story.

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