Threat to Sharp MIddle School handled quickly and safely

“I also give credit to our sheriff, Craig Peoples, and his office for the quick response to being at the school and also to investigating the incident.,” said Dr. Anthony Strong

While Pendleton County Sheriff Craig Peoples literally had his toothbrush in his mouth, Pendleton County Deputy Sheriff and School Resource Officer Jared Brewer was in the shower when they got an early morning call they never wanted to get.

Someone had made a threat against a Pendleton County School and the students in that school.

“When I got the call, I told dispatch to call the schools, Craig headed to Sharp and I headed to the home of the student who had seen the threat,” said Officer Brewer.

Sheriff Peoples, Deputy Sheriff Todd Dennie, along with school personnel, quickly established there was no immediate threat on the grounds at Sharp Middle School.

At the same time, SRO Brewer working with the Pendleton County student and parent who had reported the threat, established that the student who made the threat was not a Pendleton student.

He immediately reached out to Campbell County SRO who indicated he knew why Officer Brewer was calling and he had the juvenile in his custody and was interviewing him.

The juvenile had confessed that he had setup multiple Instagram accounts that he was using and it appeared he had made threats to more than just Sharp. In addition, the picture he had posted was a PELLET gun like the one accompanying the story.

With the immediate threat under control, Pendleton County Schools and Sheriff’s Department continued to be a presence to allow students to ask questions and feel safe.

“It is important to know that our students, staff, and community responded outstandingly to the possible threat.  We live in an age and time that we all have to listen to what is being said around us.  You can’t take for  granted that the things we read or hear are not serous,” said Pendleton County Superintendent Dr. Anthony Strong.

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