Southampton Academy cancels classes due to threats made against schools in the county

Posted at 9:10 AM, Dec 18, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-19 06:13:12-05

Courtland, Va. - Threats made on social media shook up the school day for students and parents on Friday in Southampton County.

The Southampton County Sheriff's Office reached out to both Southampton County Public Schools and Southampton Academy after receiving reports of a "non-specific threat" made on social media.

The headmaster of Southampton Academy says he was notified Thursday evening that the post included "potentially dangerous language" directed at local schools.

While the post did not specifically reference any school, student or staff member, all schools were made aware of the threat.

As a precaution, Southampton Academy decided to cancel their half-day of classes on Friday, and all Southampton County Public Schools were placed on a heightened alert.

The Southampton County Sheriff's Department says they know who made the threat and have determined that the threat was not credible.

Southampton County Public Schools released the following statement:

Due to information shared by the Sheriff’s Department of a threat posted on social media, Southampton County Public Schools is currently on heightened alert.

According to the Sheriff’s Department there is No specific threat to Southampton County Public Schools, however, we are taking extra precautions to ensure the safety of our students and staff.