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LEWISBURG -

Security at two schools was increased Friday after gun threats. 

Greenbrier County High School and Middle School were on lock down after rumors of a threat surfaced on Facebook this week. Greenbrier County school officials said they knew about the threat Thursday and that's when they started precautionary measures.

So Friday morning when the students showed up they were prepared to handle the situation.

Sheriff's deputies and state police left Greenbrier East Middle School just after 9 a.m. Friday after clearing both the middle and high schools from a reported gun threat. The threat apparently started as an argument off campus and then spread to Facebook where school officials say it went viral in the matter of minutes.

The school superintendent sent out an email to all families saying additional officers were present at the schools all day. Some parents took precaution by keeping their kids at home, but others thought the school's course of action was appropriate.

Pat Cook of Lewisburg said, "I would have gone on with school, I would have locked it in and searched it so yes I think they did the right thing."

Others say parent's should go to the extreme to keeps kids safe.

"More and more children are getting killed in schools and more parents have to suffer losing loved ones so I think more students should be home schooled," stated Linda Tinsley.

Tinsley's home-schooled granddaughter agrees, "It's hard, but yes I do recommend it. I feel safer."

School officials said the student being questioned for the threat was not permitted to be at school Friday.  They also said disciplinary measures against the student will not be taken lightly.