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FHS student arrested for threat

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By Tom Wilmoth

    On Monday, Dec. 17, a Jefferson Forest High School student, 15, was arrested for making a threat against another student who attends a school outside of Bedford County.
    After learning of the alleged threat, the school resource officer at Jefferson Forest High School confronted the JF student and took him into custody, according to Major Ricky Gardner of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office. The student is being charged with making a threat by an electronic device, a felony. He was transported to the Lynchburg Detention Home, where he was being held Tuesday morning.
    “This is one of the vital reasons for having school resource officers in the schools,” Gardner said, adding that having the SROs network together helped get this case taken care of quickly.
    Gardner said an SRO at a neighboring locality received a report from one of his students that a JF student had sent a threatening email to one of his students. That SRO called his counterpart at JF, Cpl. Ryan Hilbish, and asked him to look into it.
    Within a short period of time, the JF student had been taken into custody.
    “That’s one of many reasons why it’s important for the SROs to be in the schools and network with each other,” Gardner said.