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Tabb High School receives threatening phone calls after Trump flag video goes viral

(WYDaily/Courtesy Unce Sam's Misguided Children)
(WYDaily/Courtesy Unce Sam’s Misguided Children)

School and sheriff’s officials say Tabb High School received threatening phone calls Wednesday, just days after an incident involving a para-educator and student wearing a Trump 2020 flag went viral on the internet.

The York County School Division said in a Facebook post the “threatening” calls came through shortly before noon Wednesday, and were in reference to the video.

It remains unclear what the callers said.

As a precaution, Tabb High School went under modified lockdown and after-school activities were canceled, according to the post.

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WYDaily left messages for Katherine Goff, spokeswoman for York County School Division on her office, work and personal cellphone.

WYDaily also left voicemail messages for Victor Shandor, superintendent of YCSD and Jimmy Richardson, chairman of the YCSD school board.

Those messages were not immediately returned.

The Facebook post is not clear about how, or if, parents were notified of the phone calls.

The York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office sent “at least two” additional deputies to the school for the day Wednesday, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Shelley Ward said.

“We are working closely with the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office as law enforcement investigates the phone calls,” the school division post said.

The sheriff’s office will also send more deputies to Tabb High School Thursday “to assist in maintaining a safe and orderly environment” and “simply as a precaution and reassurance to families,” the division said.

“As staff continue to work with law enforcement, we would like to ask our community’s assistance in this matter as well,” the post said. “Please use this as an opportunity to talk as a family about the importance of reporting concerns and the dangers of using social media to create or advance rumors and misinformation related to this incident.”

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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