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TLDR: A student at Cabell-Midland High School in West Virginia has been detained by police after an alleged threat of violence against the school or its students and staff was detected by the school’s cyber security system. The system monitors school-issued devices and flags certain words or phrases that may raise concerns. This is the first time a threat has been detected using the cyber security system.

A student at Cabell-Midland High School in West Virginia is currently being investigated after an alleged threat of violence against the school or its students and staff was detected by the school’s cyber security system. The incident was reported to the police, and the student was detained on Sunday. The alert was triggered by a cyber-security measure embedded within the county school system’s online network. The system monitors school-issued electronic devices and flags certain words or phrases that may raise concerns. When a flagged word or phrase is detected, school officials are able to take a closer look at the content to assess the potential threat.

This particular incident marks the first time that a threat has been detected using the cyber security system. Cabell County Schools spokesperson Ashley Stephens stated that the system is not a full-time monitoring system, but rather allows school officials to run automated systems that flag words or phrases of concern. Stephens added, “We always take threats to our students or staff very seriously, so had there been a similar threat there would have been a response in the same way, but in my tenure here I haven’t known of one that elevated to this level.”

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