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Authorities give all clear at Hidden Valley Middle School, say reported threat was fake

Authorities give all clear at Hidden Valley Middle School, say reported threat was fake
Authorities give all clear at Hidden Valley Middle School, say reported threat was fake

UPDATE

Authorities have given the all-clear at Hidden Valley Middle School after they said a threat made toward the school was fake.

Officers said they responded to the school after a report of a person with a gun but found no threat.

Authorities said they believe this is a hoax called “swatting,” which is when someone calls in a threat to get a large police presence when there is no emergency.

This is under investigation, according to the police department.


ORIGINAL STORY

Hidden Valley Middle School is currently on lockdown, according to a school spokesperson.

Officials said a threat was reported to the school and the school was placed on lockdown as a precaution.

According to the school’s website, Wednesday is a virtual learning day.

The school spokesperson said students and staff are safe and Roanoke County police are responding.

10 News has a crew en route to the scene to learn more.


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