The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, in coordination with Loudoun County Public Schools and Loudoun County Juvenile Court Services, is investigating an alleged threat issued against the Woodgrove High School community by a student at the school, according to a statement issued Wednesday by the school’s principal, Sam Shipp.
School administrators learned of a social media post allegedly threatening the safety of the school community on Tuesday, Shipp said. Woodgrove officials notified the sheriff’s office as well LCPS’ Safety and Security division.
The student who made the alleged threat was identified, and the LCSO has opened an investigation into the matter, according to Shipp’s announcement.
According to a screenshot of the social media post obtained by the Times-Mirror, the student who made the post wrote that they would leave high school “with a bang.” The post went on to say “hopefully everyone I like makes it out cuz Ik the ppl I don’t won’t.”
Shipp declined to provide further details about the alleged threat, or the identity of the student said to have posted it. “State and federal privacy laws prohibit me from discussing information that is part of a student record, including disciplinary consequences, or that involve a law-enforcement investigation.”
While Shipp insisted Woodgrove’s building was safe and secure, he said the school would continue to operate with a heightened level of security. A spokesperson for the sheriff’s office confirmed that there had been increased law enforcement presence at Woodgrove on Wednesday to make the school community feel safe.
Shipp, in his letter, thanked students who had contacted the principal’s office to share concerns about the alleged threat, and said communication allowed administrators to address concerns promptly.
“However, we continue to experience the unfortunate consequences of inappropriate social media usage in our community,” Shipp said. “There have been incidents of social media being used in an irresponsible manner that has caused alarm in our community.”
He urged parents to speak with students about the proper use of social media, and discourage them from spreading rumors or placing threats, even as a joke.