A Surry County student’s joke about Donald Trump earlier this month was not a “credible threat” against the president, the Surry County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday.
The sheriff’s office, in conjunction with the U.S. Secret Service, determined that a North Surry High School student’s off-the-cuff quip on Nov. 13 during a sketch at the school about Trump and jobs in the White House didn’t pose any danger to the president’s life.
The Secret Service contacted the sheriff’s office that day, telling it about an “inappropriate comment” made during an improvisational performance at North Surry.
Investigators interviewed multiple students and school staff members about the incident, according to the sheriff’s office.
The comment was made in front of about 45 students in the school’s media center, according to a statement from Surry County Schools.
The sheriff’s office said it had not received any complaints about the joke until being contacted by the Secret Service. A concerned Surry County resident had contacted the federal law-enforcement agency to ask that the incident be investigated.
However, on Nov. 14, sheriff’s Capt. Scott Hudson told the Winston-Salem Journal that the agency received multiple complaints, including one from a concerned parent, shortly after the student made the comment.
Surry County Schools and the sheriff’s office have declined to share what was actually said, but the school system said earlier that it was in “poor taste.”
Trump, a Republican won 74% of the vote in Surry County in the 2016 presidential race and remains popular among residents.
The Secret Service doesn’t comment on specific investigations.