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Franklin County schools will not be in session Tuesday, Oct. 28, as authorities investigate a bomb threat.
Regional Superintendent Matt Donkin says the circuit clerk's office received a letter Monday that included a possible bomb threat against an unspecified school for Oct. 28.
"Although the letter did not mention specific schools, we as educators, working with law enforcement officials, take all threats seriously and are taking appropriate action to ensure the safety of our students and educators," Donkin said.
Rumors on social media that prompted increased police presence at two Franklin County schools on Tuesday were later determined to be unsubstantiated, authorities said. The rumors, which said someone intended to bring a gun to school, were reported by numerous 911 callers and led to officers from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, the Rocky Mount Police Department and the Virginia State Police being stationed at Franklin County High School and Benjamin Franklin Middle School in Rocky Mount as a precaution, said Franklin County Sheriff’s Lt. Phillip Young. “Social media blew it up,” Young said. “People were forwarding things about not sending students to school.”