West Virginia School’s Online Monitoring Identifies Serious Threats by Student

The technology that monitors online electronic devices provided by the school has led to the arrest of a student.

West Virginia School’s Online Monitoring Identifies Serious Threats by Student

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ONA, W.V. – A Cabell Midland High School student was arrested Sunday for making potential threats in their online journal.

The alleged threats were uncovered by the school district’s advanced online security monitoring system, reports WVNews.  The technology monitors online electronic devices provided by the school and used by students and teachers, identifying unusual content by scanning language. District officials say  that although the system is not always active, when it is, it flags concerning words or phrases. The system was instrumental in identifying the potential threat and student, reports WVNews.

This is the first case where the online monitoring system identified a threat in the district.

School officials deemed the threat to be serious, although they have not publicized the nature of the threat. They also have not identified the Cabell Midland High School student who was allegedly involved.

Although the district doesn’t believe there are any additional threats to students or staff at the high school, additional police officers were stationed on campus on Monday, reports WCHS. Classes that day were held as scheduled.

The student has been charged with making terroristic threats, reports WOWK.

Many school districts have adopted solutions to monitor the laptops, tablets, and other Internet devices they give to their students, teachers, and staff members. Proponents of the monitoring technology say that when it is implemented properly, doing so can help schools identify concerning behavior, such as threatened school shootings and school bombings, as well as cyberbullying, sexting, suicidal ideation, sexual assault, harassment, and more.

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Robin has been covering the security and campus law enforcement industries since 1998 and is a specialist in school, university and hospital security, public safety and emergency management, as well as emerging technologies and systems integration. She joined CS in 2005 and has authored award-winning editorial on campus law enforcement and security funding, officer recruitment and retention, access control, IP video, network integration, event management, crime trends, the Clery Act, Title IX compliance, sexual assault, dating abuse, emergency communications, incident management software and more. Robin has been featured on national and local media outlets and was formerly associate editor for the trade publication Security Sales & Integration. She obtained her undergraduate degree in history from California State University, Long Beach.

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One response to “West Virginia School’s Online Monitoring Identifies Serious Threats by Student”

  1. Glenn says:

    I would like to have known the contents of the messages, that the computer identified as “Concerning”. I hope students have been informed that there is no assumption of privacy with school provided devices. If this is implemented correctly it can certainly save lives, but there is room to be concerned for misunderstanding and misidentification.

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