PD: Social media threat at Bayside High just a rumor

WAVY/Rob Rizzo

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – Virginia beach police say a threat to Bayside High School Wednesday is just a rumor.

The principal of Bayside High School sent an alert to parents Wednesday morning regarding a threat to the school, and Virginia Beach Police began an investigation, according to Tonya Borman with the department.

Detectives worked on the case all day, and determined there is no validity to the rumored threat. Borman said a third party got information that there might have been a threat on Wednesday on school property. Then, that third-hand information was posted on social media, which led to the rumors.

Borman said detectives are still investigating the incident to ensure the safest environment possible for students and staff at the school.

Photos: Social media threat at VB high school

Bayside threat

Parents at the school told WAVY News’ Chris Horne they were given the option of picking their children up from school, but the school did not dismiss early.

Parents received the following Alert Now message from Principal Jim Miller:

Parents, this is Jim Miller, principal of Bayside High School. As you are aware, we live in an era of social media. Most of the time social media communication is a good thing. However, every once in a while challenges can arise from its inappropriate use. Unfortunately, that is the case now. Police are investigating social media rumors about a possible threat to our school. They have identified at least some of the individuals involved and are talking with them. At this point, there appears to be no credible threat to our school; that the matter seems to be largely one of students passing on speculation. I would ask that you talk to your children about the importance of not participating in such conversations or re-posting rumors. Very real consequences can be the result – including criminal charges and student discipline at school. That being said, should you or your child become aware of any possible threat to our school, please advise school administration or the police immediately. The safety of students and staff remains our number one priority and you are an invaluable partner in that regard. As always, thank you for your support. 

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