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Jeffersonville Police monitoring River Valley MS after 'concerning message' found in bathroom

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A possible threat was made Thursday night against River Valley Middle School, according to a Facebook post from Greater Clark County Schools. 

Jeffersonville Police Dept. spokesman Sgt. Isaac Parker said officers responded to a possible threat on a restroom wall around 5 p.m. Thursday. The threat was discovered by a janitor. 

It referenced “potential violence after school” on Friday. Officers searched River Valley Middle School and “do not believe there is any threat inside the school.” They secured the building after their search.

Police say these types of threats have become an increasing problem. The extra overtime and manpower needed to investigate the threats can mean fewer officers elsewhere.

"It has become a trend," Parker said. "I think everyone sees that it has become a trend across the country, and unfortunately, locally as well. We have to investigate every threat, no matter how outlandish it sounds. We have to investigate any threat to its fullest to ensure the safety of everyone. It is time consuming. It does put a strain on a department of our size." 

“The school will operate normally” on Friday, Parker said. Extra Jeffersonville police will be stationed at the school throughout the day.

He could not answer if officers had found the person responsible for the message. “It’s an ongoing investigation.”

Parker says the school is safe and will "maintain business as usual." 

One parent we spoke with says she kept her seventh grader out of school today, saying the threat was especially troubling since it's Friday the 13th. 

Police and school officials say there is no danger to students or staff. 

Parents learned about the threat by phone and social media. 

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