The Harrison County Superintendent's office said 440 (approximately 71 percent) of students were not in school on Thursday, following a threat of violence that started circulating on Facebook Wednesday evening.
"It spread very quickly. And it was mountain made out of a mole hill, the old saying," said Chief Marshall Goff, Clarksburg Police Department.
An on-going investigation has determined that the information released on Facebook regarding threatened school violence against Harrison County schools is inaccurate, according to the Bridgeport Police Department and the Department of Emergency Services.
Harrison County Superintendent Susan Collins said Harrison County Schools were made aware of a situation involving rumored threats against Harrison County Schools Wednesday afternoon.
The schools contacted law enforcement and the prosecuting attorney's office.
The Bridgeport Police Department said it has assigned additional patrols to the schools to ensure the safety of the students and to alleviate fears in response to these false threats.
According to Collins, some parents did not send their children to school Thursday because of those threats.
Collins said they will be excused absences, just like inclement weather, but it is still considered an absence according to state code.
Officials said at this time, no credible threat has been identified.
We will provide more information as it becomes available to us.