On October 25, 2023, at approximately 3:26 p.m., the Martinsville-Henry County Communication Center received a call about a potential security concern in the form of a bomb threat at Fieldale-Collinsville Middle School. The threatening message was conveyed via cell phone to the Martinsville-Henry County Communication Center. Upon receiving the threat, the Henry County Sheriff’s Office and Henry County school officials worked together to ensure the students and staff were safe.
The threat was thoroughly investigated, and the suspect subsequently confessed that this was a hoax and there was never a threat to the students or staff. The juvenile has been charged with threats to bomb or burn (felony). They are currently incarcerated at W.W. Moore Detention Facility.
Parents are urged to have conversations with their children who are students, encouraging them to immediately report any threat they hear and not be involved in these acts, as they can have serious legal repercussions.
Anyone having information pertaining to this incident is asked to contact the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at (276) 638-8751 or the Crimestoppers Program at 63-CRIME (632-7463). The Crimestoppers Program offers rewards up to $2500.00 for information related to crime. The nature of the crime and the substance of the information determine the amount of reward paid.