UPDATE: Police Cruisers Stationed at Riverside High after School Threat

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UPDATE 10/28/14 @ 8:25 a.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Police cruisers are stationed at Riverside High School on Tuesday after a threat of violence was made.

Principal Valery Harper tells WSAZ they believe the students and staff are safe, but they wanted to take every precaution. Harper says the male student who made the threat is no longer a student at the school.

Harper says the student made a verbal threat on Monday that there was going to be a shooting at the school.

Harper says she attended a football game on Monday night and talked to several parents about the incident and assured them they believe the students are safe. Harper also talked to dozens of parents through social media Monday night.

ORIGINAL STORY 10/27/14 @ 6 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- School officials in Kanawha County say there will be an increased police presence at Riverside High School Tuesday.

This comes after a verbal threat of violence was made Monday by a student, according to Kanawha County Superintendent Ron Duerring.

"An alleged statement was made today that a student was planning on shooting individuals at our school," said Principal Valery Harper in a message sent out to parents on Monday. "Officials have been notified and provided with all details we have acquired. In addition, we will be taking extra precautions tomorrow just to be sure we are as safe as possible."

Two sheriff's deputies and a state trooper will be at Riverside High School on Tuesday morning.

"It took me by surprise, because you don't expect Belle, West Virginia to have a shooting threat," said Kelli Bolen, a parent of two Riverside High School students. "My daughters have been texting their friends, seeing if they're going [to school on Tuesday]. They're all saying, 'we don't know yet.'"

Principal Harper told WSAZ on Monday that she believes they have identified the student suspected of making the threat. She also said that student will not be at school on Tuesday.

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