Online threats to PHS prompt ‘cautionary lockdown’

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg High School held a “cautionary lockdown” Tuesday morning while police investigated an online threat.

Principal Kenny DeMoss said the “code yellow” lockdown meant students were to remain in the classroom but classes were held as normal. The entire lockdown lasted about 80 minutes, he said.

The Parkersburg Police Department was made aware of the threats Monday and immediately began investigating, DeMoss said. The lockdown was called Tuesday morning as a precautionary measure, he said.

DeMoss said officials posted on the school’s Facebook page and contacted parents through a scheduling app and with an all-call voice messsage sent out by the school to explain the situation. Additional law enforcement officers were brought on campus “to be a more visible presence.”

DeMoss said threats to PHS were posted on a social media page, but officials believe it is a fake account.

“During this time, there was never a threat on campus,” he said. “We’ve no proof of a weapon or a threat. It’s a fake account. We do take all threats seriously, and when the person responsible is found they’ll be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, I can promise you that.”