HANOVER HIGH

A Hanover County Sheriff’s Office vehicle was parked in front of Hanover High School on Monday. A threatening social media post preceded the school administration’s decision to postpone a rally and increase police presence at the school.

Law enforcement authorities plan to have an increased presence at Hanover High School throughout this week after rumored threats surfaced involving the school, officials said Monday.

A pep rally at the school that had been planned for Monday was postponed amid the rumored threats, which authorities have concluded were not credible.



In a message to parents posted on the Mechanicsville Local Facebook page, Hanover High School Principal Kris Reece said the rally was being pushed off to a later date to avoid any disruption on Monday.

“A variety of rumors involving safety concerns at Hanover High School have been circulating in the community, and this has continued throughout the weekend. One of the rumors involves the pep rally scheduled for tomorrow,” Reece said in her message.

The principal added that “we have worked through the weekend with our law enforcement partners, and I want to reassure you again that all of the rumors have been thoroughly investigated and determined to be false. As a result, there is no cause for alarm, and no credible threat is believed to exist.”

But amid concerns from the community, school officials felt it was best to postpone the rally to minimize any interruption to the school day, Reece said.

Sgt. James Cooper, with the Hanover Sheriff’s Office, said Monday that although investigators found no credible threat, the office still plans to have an increased presence at the school throughout the week. He declined to discuss the specifics of the rumored threats.

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