Snapchat Threat Causes Parents to Keep Children at Home

A threatening snap sent out over the weekend to high school students has parents uneasy about sending their children to the Virginia high school.

Several parents are concerned about their children going to Staunton High School in Virginia this week after an alarming Snapchat sent out to several students on Sunday warned of a school shooting.

Staunton City Schools sent a message to parents early Monday morning saying that it is safe for students to come to class as the student has been arrested and extra security will be in place.

Kristen Brand who has a daughter at the high school said the message did not ease her mind.

"It's not exactly something you think is going to be a threat here," Brand said to News Leader. "It's a little bit of a paradigm shift when it hits that close to home ... They might have it [under control] by now, but that doesn't mean I'm willing to take that kind of a risk."

Brand decided to keep her daughter home from school

Additionally, in the past weeks there have been reports of fights at the school, which further add to the uneasiness for parents like Heather Hull who also kept her children at home.

"More communication would be great," she said to News Leader. "If they don't talk to us, we can't be helpful. You have a bunch of parents that are in the dark ... and wild rumors and speculation that make you uncomfortable."

In a press release, Staunton City Schools Superintendent Garett Smith said the division has "not found any connection between this incident and any other discipline matters at our high school."

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