NOTE: This article has been updated.
A run of horrific events for the Greensville County Public School system continued on Monday, as two different schools received three disturbing threats from two different students within roughly two and a half days.
In the afternoon hours of Sunday, Dec. 5, a student at Greensville County High School posted a threat to social media. According to the Greensville County Sheriff’s Office, this threat was meant to be carried out the following day. As a result, G.C.H.S. made December 6 an “asynchronous learning day” for all G.C.H.S. students, meaning all classes would be held virtually.
The Sheriff’s Office has identified and arrested the student, who is currently being held at Piedmont Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Farmville until a court hearing.
According to Sheriff William T. Jarratt, Jr., the person specifically threatened that “…the schools were gonna be shot up.”
“This situation has caused a disruption to student learning during what is already a very challenging time in our school community,” wrote Division Superintendent Kelvin Edwards in a press release posted to the G.C.P.S. Facebook page.
Later on Monday, a staff member at E.W. Wyatt Middle School discovered a “written threat” in one of the school’s bathrooms. According to Edwards, it is “unclear” when the threat was written.
The following day, G.C.P.S. received yet another threatening message, this one posted through social media, aimed specifically at students and staff at E.W. Wyatt. According to a press release from the Greensville County Sheriff’s Office, this threat stated that Wyatt would be “blown up.”
An investigation led directly to two students who attend E.W. Wyatt. Both are being detained in a juvenile detention center until their first court hearing.
It is still unclear as to whether this third threat was sent by the same student or students who issued the threat that was found in the E.W. Wyatt bathroom the previous day, or whether there is any connection between all three threats that were issued over the past week.
“Those that are making threats to society or our school system, we intend to prosecute through the criminal court system,” added Sheriff Jarratt.
“We strongly encourage families to speak with their children about the importance of conducting themselves responsibly in and out of school,” wrote Edwards in another Facebook press release. “We take all potential threats seriously, including those that may have been made as a joke.”
Unlike with the recent incidents at the high school, E.W. Wyatt did not cancel classes on Tuesday or Wednesday as a result of these discoveries. Greensville Elementary and Belfield Elementary also still held their Drive-Thru School Market on Tuesday night.