8 Norview students now charged in fights, false alarms

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Norfolk police have now charged a total of eight students after false fire alarms were pulled at Norview High School Friday, followed by two fights and social media threats.

In a join press release by Norfolk Public Schools, Norfolk Fire-Rescue, Norfolk police and the city of Norfolk, officials said Tuesday that six more students had been charged since the two student arrests at Norview Friday — two related to the fights and four in connection to the false fire alarms.

Document: Norfolk officials’ joint press release

“Norfolk students who falsely pull fire alarms will face serious school disciplinary action, and are subject to being charged with Class 1 misdemeanors under city ordinances regarding maliciously activating fire alarms in public buildings (Sec. 17.1-25.1 and Sec. 29-7),” the release read, in part.

On Friday, a 16-year-old male student was arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, in relation to a fight with another student outside the school, according to Norfolk City spokeswoman Lori Crouch. A 16-year-old female student was also arrested for disorderly conduct, assault and battery, and resisting arrest in relation to a fight with a school security guard.

As of Tuesday, the following new charges had been filed against Norview students:

  • 14-year-old male – two counts disorderly conduct, two counts pulling a fire alarm
  • 17-year-old male – disorderly conduct and pulling a fire alarm
  • 17-year-old female – disorderly conduct and pulling a fire alarm
  • 17-year-old female – disorderly conduct and pulling a fire alarm
  • 16-year-old male – disorderly conduct (for Friday’s fighting)
  • 15-year-old female – assault and battery (fight with security guard)

City officials also said they are now investigating “a significant number of cases” of fear-inducing rumors being spread by students via social media, text messages and by word of mouth.

“We will not tolerate actions that create an unsafe environment,” the release said.

Officials are asking parents and students to report questionable activity or concerning information to school officials or via the school system’s Anti-Bullying Safe Schools hotline (757-628-1171) or email address (safeschools@npsk12.com).

Parents are also being asked to monitor their children’s social media and texting activities, to help prevent the spread of rumors that create an unsafe environment at the school.

“School administrators will also investigate and take appropriate disciplinary actions against any students who attempt to cause disruptions or worse by spreading false and inflammatory information verbally or via social media and text messages,” the release said.

Norfolk police said officers will maintain an increased presence at Norfolk high schools this week.

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