GERRARDSTOWN – A threat made via TikTok connected to Mountain Ridge Middle School was found not to be credible on Wednesday by West Virginia state police, according to a school statement.
According to the letter from Mountain Ridge manager Dr. Ron Branch, an article on TikTok identified a list of individuals who appeared to pose a threat. The police have been contacted and an investigation is underway for the moment.
Branch also said the school had requested an increased police presence at the school for added security.
“At this time, the parents of all students listed on the post have been notified,” Branch said in the letter.
Although the post was deleted, law enforcement was able to gather facts and said officers did not believe the threat was credible.
“Whenever a concern for safety and well-being is brought to our attention, a thorough investigation will be conducted,” Branch said. “Student safety is our top priority, and once again I want to remind students to make good decisions and our parents and guardians to reiterate the importance of being good customers when using social media. “
According to a press release from the Martinsburg State Police Detachment, law enforcement is trying to locate information to identify the source of the message.
Private BF Gorondy is the investigating officer.
Anyone with information relating to the incident is encouraged to contact law enforcement at 304-267-0000 or submit online at www.wvsp.gov.