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MHS evacuated after threat

Tuesday morning saw the evacuation of Mathews High School following the report of a possible threat, according to Mathews County Superintendent of Schools Nancy Welch.

Welch said that the administration was notified by a parent Tuesday morning and that the parent was not certain of the nature of the threat. Welch said she learned about the threat at 9 a.m. and by 9:05, students were being transferred to Thomas Hunter Middle School. High school students were later released to their parents.

The superintendent said the move was made “out of an abundance of caution.” Welch was soon in contact with Sherriff Mark Barrick and State Police ordnance dogs were brought in to sweep the area. 

Two canine units from the Virginia State Police were observed conducting a sweep of the building, grounds, and parking area, with the all-clear given around 1 p.m. 

Sherriff Barrick later stated that the incident was reported by a parent whose child had seen a post on Snapchat. Barr...

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