CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Police presence was briefly increased at George Washington High School Wednesday as controversy continued to swirl around a decision by administrators to bring an abstinence-only advocate to the school last week.
A handful of police cars were parked outside GW Wednesday morning. One officer stayed through the school day, patrolling the area.
Charleston Police Lt. Shawn Williams called the display a "showing of police presence" after a death threat was made against Principal George Aulenbacher on Facebook.
Police are still investigating but have determined the threat came from out of state and probably isn't credible.
But it was the latest development in a contentious week at the South Hills school.
On April 9 the school allowed Pam Stenzel, an advocate of abstinence who speaks across the country, to give a presentation at an assembly that raised concerns among some teachers and students.
A local religious group sponsored Stenzel's visit.
GW senior Katelyn Campbell called the event an exercise in "slut-shaming." She decried Stenzel's remarks that "if you are on birth control, your mother probably hates you" and her "small word of warning for our ninth grade girls who will date anything that walks."
Campbell went to the media with her disapproval last week, and the case made national news. She was interviewed on CNN earlier this week, and a number of national media outlets picked up the story.
On Monday Cambell filed a request for an injunction in Kanawha Circuit Court.
In that filing, she says that after Aulenbacher saw the new reports, he called her into his office and threatened to call Wellesley College, the prestigious women's college near Boston that Campbell plans to attend in the fall, to tell them she was a "backstabber."
She's asking the court to intervene to prevent him from following through with that threat.
On Wednesday, Wellesley alumnae created a petition congratulating Campbell on her activism and welcoming her to the school. By press time it had nearly 600 signatures.
Campbell also asked Aulenbacher to resign and to apologize to the school and the community.