Roanoke City Public Schools closed Thursday as police investigate social media threats

ROANOKE, Va.UPDATE

Roanoke City Public Schools will be closed Thursday as local law enforcement works to investigate multiple threats against several schools, according to school officials.

All classes and afterschool activities are canceled for the day as the investigation continues, authorities said.

We’re told 12-month employees should report on time.

“Please monitor your child’s social media and talk with them about the consequences of making threats,” school officials said in a Facebook post. “Actual threats or jokes about threats will not be tolerated and will result in disciplinary actions and may be punishable by law. The safety and security of our students and staff is always our top priority.”

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ORIGINAL STORY

The Roanoke Police Department is working to investigate anonymous threats made to schools in the city.

We’re told detectives are working to determine the credibility, as well as the origin of the threats.

Authorities said there will be an increased police presence at several schools in the RCPS district on Thursday as a precautionary measure.

As of Wednesday night, RPD said there has been no evidence to indicate that these threats are credible. However, they are taking the threats seriously.

“We will do all we can to hold those who threaten the safety of our students and staff accountable for their actions,” Roanoke City Police wrote in an email sent out Wednesday night.

The school division sent a message notifying parents around midnight.


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