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Social media posts and a threat of school violence have alarmed students and parents at West End High School.

A student has been expelled from school after a threat was reported to school resource officers at West End High School on September 8.

The ORS immediately launched a coordinated investigation with the Etowah County School Board and the Etowah County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Division to identify the sources of the information.

“Through proper protocols for the Etowah County Sheriff’s Office and Board of Education, a home visit was conducted immediately to determine if any weapons were present or had access to weapons,” said Etowah County Sheriff Jonathan Horton.

“The minor in question was removed from school immediately upon being reported, in accordance with Board of Education protocol.”

During a subsequent investigation, authorities discovered that the screenshots of a Snapchat account shared on social media came from a fake account created by an unidentified person other than the accused minor.

The fake Snapchat post was made by a minor and then shared with an adult in exchange for a promise of money. From there, the posts went out on various social media platforms, Horton said.

A minor confessed to creating the fake post and the case is being processed through the juvenile justice system, Horton said.

“Over the past few days, the false message shared has caused alarm and trust issues with the Etowah County school system and law enforcement,” Horton said. “Due to this alarm, several students missed several days of school.

“This is a great example of believing everything shared on social media and continuing to share and not letting law enforcement and school staff do their jobs and the public not trusting the process. .

“These types of cases mainly involve juvenile offenders, and some information cannot be released to the public due to the confidentiality of juvenile court cases.”

Etowah County School Superintendent Dr Alan Cosby said “the safety and security of students, staff and the community as a whole continues to be and always will be of primary concern” .

The investigation is still ongoing and additional charges may be laid.

“There are no known or active threats to West End High School or any Etowah County school or extracurricular activities at the school,” Horton said.