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Lunenburg County schools closed following shooting threat

The entrance to Central High School in Lunenburg County
Schools in Lunenburg County, including Central High School, were closed Monday due to a shooting threat. (Photo: Lunenburg County Public Schools/Facebook)

Lunenburg County closed all four of its schools Monday after the Sheriff’s office located a school shooting threat on social media Sunday afternoon.

The threat did not specify a school name, but did mention two towns in the district where schools are located — Kenbridge and Victoria — according to the Sheriff’s department. 

“At this point, we basically just contacted the state police to let them bring in their high-tech crime division to find out where that IP address come from,” Sheriff Arthur Townsend said.

A spokesperson for Virginia State Police said it’s difficult to estimate how long tracking the IP address could take. Among the factors is whether the threat was made in or out of state.

"Unfortunately, it's not a 'Oh, OK, we can have this done tomorrow' type of thing. It's all gonna depend on where the investigation leads. Where does the evidence lead?" said Corinne Geller, Virginia State Police spokesperson. "It could be a matter of days. Could be a matter of weeks. It could even be months, depending on the source of the threat and how well they've covered their tracks."

State police also said that the amount of help they get from Facebook will affect how quickly the investigation proceeds.

The school district issued a statement Monday afternoon saying that classes will resume Tuesday, but with an increased police presence.

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