Earlier today, administration at Virginia High School was advised of a document that made a date specific, future threat to Virginia High School. Through excellent communication between staff at the school, central office, City Hall, and the Bristol Virginia Police Department, the perpetrator was quickly identified and the threat was determined to be a hoax. At no time were our students in danger. Charges are pending with the Court System. The student will be recommended for expulsion.
We understand the anxiety and fear that students, parents, and staff feel when threats of this kind are made. Unfortunately, when a school shooting happens in our country, it is often followed with threats, hoaxes, and lock downs in other areas. Along those lines, the Bristol Virginia School Board is putting the finishing touches on a website that explains the process of how we deal with threats at school and information about how parents can discuss this issue with their children. In the meantime, please know that we will take all threats seriously and I will continue to recommend that the consequences are as serious as the fear and anxiety that the threat instills.