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No viable threat at Page Middle School

An increased police presence at Page Middle School Monday morning alarmed parents but was not due to a viable threat, according to Page Principal Patricia McMahon.

The police presence was directed by the Gloucester Sheriff’s Office as part of its investigation related to an Instagram post shared Sunday night by a Page student, McMahon told parents in a message called and e-mailed to parents on Monday.

School division assistant superintendent John Hutchinson said the post was of an image of a water gun or paintball gun, but not a real firearm. McMahon said there was never a viable threat made by the student. 

The sheriff’s office concluded its investigation by 8:45 a.m., McMahon said, and the Page administration took appropriate action for the student’s inappropriate social media post. ...

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