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Wise County school officials say threat of violence not credible

December 9th, 2013 7:53 pm by Stephen Igo

Wise County school officials say threat of violence not credible

WISE  —  Graffiti scrawled on a wall at a Wise County school last week was determined not to be a valid threat to students or staff.

On Monday, Wise County Schools Superintendent Jeff Perry said administrators at Central High School in Wise last week “found some handwriting on a wall” consisting of “derogatory comments toward the administration” along with an implied intention “to do some potential violence at the school today.”

School officials took the situation seriously and investigated, Perry said.

“We investigated the matter thoroughly, and we had no belief anything was going to happen today,” he said. “We narrowed it down to a couple of kids we think could have potentially done this, and we don’t feel there was any threat to students.”

Had there been a determination of a credible threat, Perry said school officials would act accordingly.

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