MOUNT VERNON — A threat of harm towards students at Mount Vernon High School was addressed by administrators and the school resource officer, Jeremiah Armstrong, Friday morning.

MVHS Principal Scott Will told the News that a “threat of harm” was made by one student towards other students in a classroom setting at the end of the school day Thursday.

Will said that after an investigation with the administration and Armstrong, it was determined to be “not a viable threat.” The threat was addressed at the beginning of the school day Friday, he said.

No lock-down was necessary, Will said, as the threats were quickly brought to the administration’s attention by other students.

The student has been suspended pending a disciplinary hearing with Superintendent Bill Seder, Will said. This case has been turned over to the city law director’s office to determine if charges should be filed.

The school took a pro-active approach to the threat, Will explained, with the students quickly reporting the threat, the administration and SRO addressing it and a written statement emailed to students, staff and placed on the MVHS website. Will said that the school continues to encourage students to report incidents of this nature to school administrators and the school resource officer.

“Our number one goal is to provide as safe an environment as possible for our student body,” the statement on the MVHS website states. “And continue to stress if you hear or see something, please say something to an adult, administrator or law enforcement officer.”


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