No active threat at Smithfield High after threatening social media post

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SMITHFIELD, Va. (WAVY) — Smithfield High School had a large law enforcement presence on Tuesday after a social media post was made with apparent threats to the school.

Isle of Wight County Schools Spokesperson Lynn Briggs says parents were notified Monday night.

The police presence was especially high at arrival and dismissal.

“The safety and security of our students and staff is our top priority,” the district said in a statement.

Tuesday afternoon, the Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office said a thorough investigation revealed there was no active threat. They said they had identified the person responsible for the threat at Smithfield, but didn’t give further information about them.

The sheriff’s office said images on social media showed firearms. The posts were made Sept. 8 and were traced to Menifee, California, where there is also a Heritage High School. The people involved in that incident have been arrested.

It comes a day after a shooting at Heritage High School in Newport News. Two students were injured by gunfire and a suspect has been taken into custody.

Those with information can submit an anonymous tip by calling 1-888-LOCK-U-UP, downloading the P3 tips app to a mobile device, or visiting www.P3tips.com and submitting a tip.

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