APPOMATTOX CO. (WSLS 10) – The Appomattox County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after possible threats were made to students at Appomattox County High School, prompting administrative staff to make the decision to close schools May 1.
Now, the sheriff’s office is asking anyone with screen grabs or images of alleged threats made on social media to call (434) 352-8241.
According to Sheriff Barry Letterman, on Thursday, April 30 the department began an investigation with school staff concerning possible threats made to students at the school.
During the day, and later Thursday afternoon, the Appomattox County 911 center received dozens of calls from concerned students and parents about threats to the school on Friday, May 1. Letterman says all of these calls of concern were followed up on by deputies.
During the course of the investigation at approximately 3 a.m. Friday, May 1, the Sheriff’s Office says they began a subsequent investigation into the death of a 16-year-old Appomattox County High School student.
This investigation is being conducted in cooperation with the Office of the Medical Examiner in Roanoke. The Sheriff’s Office says there are no suspects related to this death investigation.
When asked if the investigation into the death of the 16-year-old student was directly related to the possible threats made, Sheriff Letterman said he would not comment at that time.
If anyone has any information regarding this case or any threats to school safety please call 911 or 434-352-2666.
Officials have released a statement to the public:
Appomattox County Public Schools will be closed today Friday, May 1 in order to determine the credibility of a possible threat at one of our schools.
This precaution is being taken for the safety and security of our students and staff.
This will allow law enforcement and school administration time to fully investigate.
We will update you later once we have confirmed information. Thank you.