Investigation underway into new threats against Surry, Sussex Schools

By: Michael Campbell | Twitter: @itsthesoup
Posted: March 5, 2019 | 5:30 p.m.

SURRY COUNTY – Authorities in both Surry and Sussex County working together to find the source of new threats that were posted on social media targeting both of the county’s school divisions.

While not providing specific details about the latest threats, Surry County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Thornton told parents in an automated call Tuesday afternoon that they are investigating new threats that were “posted on social media,” this after threats made online prompted school leaders in both Surry and Sussex to cancel after-school activities in January for an entire week.

In his message, Thornton said the new threats are “similar in format and language” to those made against both school divisions two months ago but, he stressed that “the individuals who made the previous threats back in January were apprehended and are being processed through law enforcement and the court system.”

He said the school division is working closely with the Surry Sheriff’s Office and other authorities to determine the credibility of the threats, assuring parents that they are “confident … law enforcement will apprehend the individuals who made this most recent threat.”

“Please be assured that the safety of our students and our staff remains our number one priority,” Thornton said in his Tuesday afternoon message. “As such, we ask that you support us in maintaining a sense of normalcy for your children and our school community.”

These threats come as Surry High School’s boys and girls basketball teams compete in state competition in neighboring Sussex County at Sussex Central High School. When asked, Sussex County Sheriff Ernest Giles said security has been stepped up at the high school with a significant law enforcement presence on hand for Tuesday’s games.

Stay with The Sussex-Surry Dispatch for the latest information on this developing story.

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