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December 4, 2013

Shady student arrested for alleged threats

SHADY SPRING — A Shady Spring High School student was arrested Sunday for allegedly making terroristic threats on a social media website, according to police reports.

The student’s name cannot be released because the youth is underage, but a press release from the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office said the student is still in custody. The release said school officials were told about the threats and they are helping police to find out more about the event.

“The information that originally came to us was from a third party,” Raleigh County Board of Education President Rick Snuffer II said. “The threats were not made directly to us, but we were told by this third party that the individual was making threats.  

“We notified the proper authorities that we thought there was a possible situation. Law enforcement is handling the individual.”

Snuffer said the staff at the high school did a great job with handling everything.

“They contacted the local authorities, and then the local authorities apprehended the individual,” he said. “We have a set incident response plan in situations like this and the staff of the school and our student personnel services did an excellent job.

“They followed protocol and everything was handled well. There was never a time when any of the students at the school were in any danger. The young individual was handled by the authorities.”

Officials say they don’t know how they would discipline the student yet should the accusations be proven, but they are going to follow all of the normal motions.

“We'll follow normal discipline protocol once we get a full-report from law enforcement and from the school,” Snuffer said. “The student in question will be handled either through expulsion, alternative settings, or any of the disciplinary settings we have.”

The event is being looked into by the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office.

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