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State Police: PikeView post 'taken out of context'

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PikeView High School; photo by Caroline Bach PikeView High School; photo by Caroline Bach
PikeView Middle School; photo by Caroline Bach PikeView Middle School; photo by Caroline Bach

GARDNER (WVVA) - The West Virginia State Police say rumored threats of violence at PikeView Middle and High schools stemmed from a Facebook post "taken out of context."

According to a news release from First Sgt. Michael Baylous, Sgt. J. Centeno of the Princeton detachment received information from concerned parents of PikeView students on Sunday regarding a Facebook post that threatened violence at the schools on Monday, Sept. 23 or Tuesday, Sept. 24.

Centeno made contact with school officials, visited the school and talked to several students about the initial Facebook posting. Following an investigation, Centeno determined that the initial post had been taken out of context and an actual threat to students' safety did not exist, the release states.

School officials say several hundred students were absent at the schools Monday. Police were present Monday morning and are expected to be so again Tuesday morning.

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GARDNER (WVVA) - School officials say a police presence will continue Tuesday as a precautionary measure at two Mercer County schools.

Assistant Superintendent Joe Turner tells WVVA News that school administrators and local law enforcement feel there is no cause for concern following online threats made regarding PikeView Middle and PikeView High schools, but they will err on the side of caution.

Turner says several hundred students were absent from both schools Monday after rumors of a threat spread over the weekend.

Mercer County Sheriff Don Meadows says the source of the threats remain under investigation.

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GARDNER (WVVA) - Members of the West Virginia State Police and Mercer County Sheriff's Department were on-site at two area schools Monday morning after being notified of online threats.

Authorities did not elaborate on the nature of the threats against PikeView High and PikeView Middle schools. 

The sheriff's department said the threats appeared to have begun as a more broad online threat against schools that somehow spiraled into a specific threat against PikeView.

The source of the threats is under investigation.

No issues were reported as students returned to class Monday morning. WVVA's Caroline Bach was on campus and spoke to police as well as concerned parents. Hear what they had to say about the situation today on WVVA News at Noon, 5 and 6.

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MERCER COUNTY (WVVA) -- Mercer County law enforcement have been notified of threats posted on social media regarding PikeView High School and Middle School.

State Police say they will be present at the schools Monday morning.

Details are limited at this time, but law enforcement agencies are looking into the matter.

Stay with WVVA as more information becomes available.

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