Albemarle Police Department: School Threat Rumors Not Credible
Albemarle County Police Department Press Release
The Albemarle County Police Department and Albemarle County Schools are working together to investigate a rumor involving a disruptive event at Albemarle High School. As a result of these rumors, we are also providing additional patrols in and around all schools in Albemarle County.
At this point, we do not have any specific information that would lead us to believe these rumors are credible. However, we are talking to students who say they have heard about these rumors. Any time we hear a rumor of this nature; we take it very seriously and commit significant resources to determine the source of the information and the potential for violence. Detectives are currently looking into leads and talking to students who might have more information.
In a case like this, School Resource Officers are a vital part of our investigation, as they know the school, students and staff. The officers are there to promote safety within the school buildings. This is an example of how their presence leads to proactive policing. They also provide guidance, counseling and serve as role models for the students. The SROs monitor the activities of our youth and watch for potential problems.
In today's climate, it is important for students to understand that we take all rumors and threats seriously. As a nation, we are in a healing process from the tragic events in Newtown, Connecticut. When rumors like this circulate, it has an impact on the student body, parents, community members and public safety resources. School leaders are committed to keeping students and staff safe in their learning environments. We support them in this effort and want the community to know that we have heard these rumors, we are investigating and we will respond appropriately to ensure safety.