Multiple Agencies respond to a school threat in Martinsburg

On August 29 the Martinsburg Police Department reports that they were made aware of a social media threat against a student at North Middle School.

Authorities responded immediately to the threat and secured the school for the safety of students, staff and the surrounding area.

Martinsburg Police, Berkeley County Sheriff’s Deputies, West Virginia State Police, The Eastern Panhandle Task Force, Federal agencies and school officials preformed a coordinated methodical search of the school.

After the thorough search of the building authorities confirmed that the building was secured.

An investigation was launched to assess the credibility of the threat and potential risk it posed.

At this time authorities confirm that there was and is no immediate threat to anyone or to the school itself.

Further investigation revealed that the threat came from a 10-year-old in Michigan.

Martinsburg authorities are working with Michigan agencies to resolve the situation.

During the entire ordeal the authorities were grateful for the total cooperation of all involved in the situation.

Students, staff and the community at large conducted themselves in a very calm and cooperative manner under these trying circumstances.

A message from Berkeley County School Superintendent Ron Stephens is found here.

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