Etowah Sheriff and the school system are investigating a reported threat to West End High School

A joint investigation is continuing into a reported September 8 threat at West End High School, according to Etowah County Sheriff Jonathon Horton and Etowah County Schools Superintendent Alan Cosby.

West End faculty alerted the school resource officer, an Etowah County deputy, about a reported threat to the school, officials said in a statement. The SRO immediately began coordinating an investigation into the incident in conjunction with the Etowah County School Board and the Sheriff’s Office Investigations Division to identify the source of the information.

Through proper protocols for the sheriff’s office and school board, a home visit was conducted immediately to determine if any weapons were present or if the minor had access to any weapons. The minor was removed from school immediately after the threat was reported, according to Board of Education protocol.

Horton said investigators found no firearms at the address where the minor lives and no access to firearms.

Over the past few days, investigators have been gathering evidence and interviews have been conducted by the school resource office and investigators. All evidence and documents were submitted to juvenile probation officers, which is standard procedure for any case involving minors.

The statement said the safety and security of students, staff and the community at large continue to be a focus of the investigation. which is in progress and which is at the center of the daily concerns of officials and school authorities. No details were provided on the nature of the reported threat.

A number of parents expressed concern on social media that they had not been informed of the threat.

This article originally appeared on The Gadsden Times: Etowah Sheriff investigates reported threat to West End High School

Jeremy S. McLain