About a third of the students at Morgan County High School stayed home Thursday after news spread of a death threat aimed at two students.
With police cars lining the road in front of Morgan County High Thursday morning, many students were surprised when school staff asked to search their bags and check them for weapons. School officials say they couldn't be too careful after reading a death threat addressed to two girls. Family of one of the girls says she was just too afraid to come to school.
"I mean she's scared. I would be too. She's scared she's gonna get shot cause of what it said in the letter," said Mirita Clark, one of the letter recipient's sister.
School officials have yet to identify who wrote the letter. They are however working with police and have two or three people in mind.
"We'll continue to look into it and hopefully we'll find who did it," said Addison Whitt, MCHS Principal.
As a precaution, Morgan County High School was locked down Thursday morning forcing every student to pass through a security check
"We had metal detectors here, we searched everybody, emptied their pockets," said Morgan County Sheriff Mickey Whitt.
So far, no weapons or anything suspicious has been found. School officials say, due to the checks, parents have nothing to worry about.
"I think today's probably one of the safest days here," Principal Whitt said.
West Liberty police are working with state police and the sheriff's department to try to identify who wrote this letter. The sheriff says that they're going to be comparing some signatures and try to identify the writer or writers that way.