Police increase presence at Woodside High School

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — An increased police presence at Woodside High School on Friday is the response to a shooting threat that does not appear to be credible, according to a school official.

Lou Thurston with the Newport News Police Department said messages were discovered on walls in at least two bathrooms at the school Thursday indicating there would be a shooting there Friday.

Michelle Price, a spokeswoman for Newport News Public Schools, told WAVY.com the messages were reported to the principal by at least one student and one staff member. The principal notified school security and local police, who are checking video cameras to see if suspects can be determined.

“While I cannot speak for the school system, I can tell you that school security has been working closely with police to make certain that the appropriate measures are in place to keep students, faculty and other workers safe,” Thurston told WAVY.com. “While we will not discuss exactly what steps are being taken, I can tell you there will be an increased police presence at the school.”

Additionally, Price said school security checked the building Thursday night and did not find anything that was suspicious or posed a danger to those at the school. She said so far the threat does not appear to be credible.

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