Student charged in gang-related robbery at middle school

WAVY/Jason Marks

HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — Hampton police arrested a 14-year-old boy after a robbery at Jefferson Davis Middle School on Tuesday.

Just before 5:30 p.m., officers were called to the school in the 1400 block of Todds Lane for a report of a robbery from a person, according to Sgt. Jason Price. Upon arrival, officers found a faculty member detaining the 14-year-old student in a hallway.

The investigation revealed the male student was attending an after-school class where he and a female teacher were alone. Price said the student displayed a knife and took a cell phone from the teacher before trying to flee on foot. Another faculty member stopped the student in the hallway until officers arrived and took him into custody.

Price said investigators determined the incident was gang-related. The Hampton Police Division charged the teenager with robbery, possession of a weapon on school property and gang participation. He remains in custody at the city juvenile detention center.

Price said no one was injured during the robbery.

Principal Violet Whiteman sent the following message to Jefferson Davis Middle School parents on Wednesday:

Greetings Davis Bulldog Families. This is Principal Whiteman. In an effort to prevent the spread of rumors and misinformation, I would like to share the following information with you. Late yesterday afternoon, after a majority of our students had left the building, a teacher encountered a student with a knife who attempted to take some of her personal belongings. The student was subdued quickly and no one was harmed in this situation.

The incident was reported to the Hampton Police Department, and the student will be disciplined according to the Rights and Responsibilities Handbook. The safety and security of our students and staff is a high priority at Davis Middle School, and I appreciate your cooperation and support. Have a wonderful evening

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