Local student in custody after threat

CHARLOTTESVILLE — An Eastern Hancock High School student was taken into police custody Thursday morning after he reportedly made a threat of violence against another student during class.

Eastern Hancock superintendent Vicki McGuire said the student, whose name was not released, was immediately brought to the high school’s main office by a teacher after the comment was made, and law enforcement and the student’s parents were notified.

The student did not have any weapons in his possession when the threat was made, McGuire said.

“The safety of our students always comes first, which is why we immediately addressed the situation,” McGuire said in an email to the Daily Reporter.

The student was taken into custody by the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department on Thursday, and the incident remains under investigation by the department and school administrators.

The incident comes a day after a shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 dead and at least a dozen injured. A 19-year-old former student is suspected in the incident, which is now among one of the deadliest shootings in modern U.S. history.