Rockingham Public Schools Respond to Student Threats
Following the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary last Friday, some schools in the area have received threats this week.
A letter was sent electronically and in paper to all students of Rockingham County's 25 public schools Thursday. The letter was sent in response the schools' and authorities' investigation of various text and Facebook messages sent by students, causing alarm. The students who dispersed the false information have been determined and identified.
The Rockingham County Sheriff's Office and school administrators were informed this morning of several fear messages that mentioned Rockingham County Public Schools. These messages, which originated with students, were sent to various persons through text message and Facebook. The Sheriff's Department and school officials have investigated these messages and found them to not be credible. Although we did have increased security today, there was no level of emergency and at no time did we believe that our students and staff were unsafe at school. Rest assured that all schools are focused on the safety of our students, and we will continue to keep parents informed of our efforts.
Rockingham County Public Schools' students today will dismiss for the winter holiday at 1 p.m.