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Police investigate threat at EMS

ELKINS — Precautions will be taken throughout the remainder of the week to ensure Elkins Middle School students have a safe learning environment after a threat was made anonymously on Wednesday.

Local law enforcement officers were called to Elkins Middle School Wednesday morning to address the potential threat.

Randolph County Schools Assistant Superintendent Joseph Arbogast met with Chief Travis Bennett of the Elkins Police Department and two additional officers to address the situation. The reported threat was made on the wall of a bathroom and made a direct reference to Friday, Nov. 22.

“After the central office was made aware of a potential threat at Elkins Middle School, we contacted the Elkins Police Department to address the situation,” Arbogast said Wednesday.

“Chief Bennett, EPD officers and myself will be doing a precautionary walk-through at EMS Friday morning before students arrive at the building,” he added.

Arbogast emphasized there will be an increased law enforcement presence Friday both on and around the campus, and the school will operate on a normal schedule Thursday and Friday.

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