Tuesday morning, Dec. 14, at approximately 7:35, Radford City Public Schools were alerted to a potential threat involving the use of a firearm via social media.
The Radford City Police Department was notified in turn of the threat and responded to school campuses.
All city schools were placed into shelter in place and a message was sent to parents.
Upon investigating the threat, the Radford City Police Department found it originated on social media in another locality.
“Student safety is a priority for our community and agency,” said Radford City Police Chief Jeff Dodson. “Thanks to all of the agencies who aided in our response this morning. Radford City Police Department will continue to keep the safety of our students paramount and will be providing additional security to all school campuses over the following days.”
Aiding in the response were the Virginia State Police, the Blacksburg Police Department, the Virginia Tech Police Department, the Radford University Police Department, and the Radford Sheriff’s Office.
“The Radford City School Division prides itself on making students, staff, and school community safety a priority each and every day,” said Robert F. Graham, superintendent of schools. “We are grateful for the partnership we have with our local law enforcement agencies and are extremely proud of how our entire school community, students and staff in particular, handled this situation.”