Left to right are Alleghany County Sheriff Kevin Hall and Superintendent of Alleghany County Schools Eugene Kotulka.
Alleghany County Sup. Of Schools, Sheriff React To 2nd Threat
By Jerry E. Clark
Low Moor, VA (Feb. 20, 2018) - The Superintendent of Alleghany County Schools, Eugene Kotulka, issued the following letter after a second threat was received at Alleghany High School on Tuesday:
"February 20, 2018
"This afternoon a handwritten note making a threat to Alleghany High School to take place on February 21 was found in a restroom at the high school. School administration promptly notified the Alleghany Sheriffâ€™s office, and a student suspect was identified and was quickly taken into custody. The student subsequently confessed to writing the note and was arrested.
"We fully understand that these threats are very concerning and disruptive to our students, parents, and the community at large. We take any threat seriously and, in conjunction with our law enforcement partners, respond accordingly. We have a zero tolerance for acts such as this, and any individual committing such acts will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. In addition to criminal charges, students committing such acts will be fully subject to the policies of the Alleghany County School Board to include expulsion from school.
"As I have communicated to you recently, I again ask that you have a serious conversation with your children regarding the severe consequences that can result for individuals who make threats to a school regardless of whether or not they were of malicious intent
"We continue to urge students, parents, and the community at large to remain vigilant, and report any unusual or suspicious activity regardless of how trivial it may seem. In this particular case, another student found the aforementioned note and reported it to school administration. Through the collaborative efforts of all of us, we will continue to do our utmost to ensure the safety and security of our students, faculty, and staff.
"I would be remiss in not thanking the student who found and reported the note, the Alleghany High School administration and staff, and the Alleghany County Sheriffâ€™s Department for their prompt and successful response to this threat.
"At 7:00 p.m., the Sheriffâ€™s Office and school administration will be conducting a live broadcast with The Alleghany Journal and Two Virginias Media through Facebook.
"Schools will be open as normal on Wednesday, February 21, 2018.
Eugene P. Kotulka
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An AHS student was arrested on Tuesday and charged with a class six felony in connection with the threat.
On Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018 Kotulka was joined by Alleghany County Sheriff Kevin Hall for a live new conference with the Alleghany Journal and Two Virginias Media (Big Al) present to record the proceedings. Here is a link to a video of that session.