PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Dozens of students at Woodrow Wilson High School in Portsmouth left school early after rumors of a shooting circulated Tuesday morning.
Students told 10 On Your Side the threat is connected to the death of 17-year-old Jayzavia T. Hill who was shot and killed over the weekend. Students say they have heard rumors the person who killed Hill was going to the school Tuesday to shoot two other students who were with him. According to a student, the shooting was supposed to occur around 10 a.m.
“There was a bunch of kids walking around the school saying there’s going to be a shooting and the faculty and staff were going around saying don’t panic everything’s going to be OK,” said 10th grade student Kamonte Boone. “Kids were panicking.”
Due to the severity of the rumors, school officials called Portsmouth police and officers surrounded the school. A Portsmouth police official says they have to treat each threat seriously. Many parents also picked up their kids early.
The school released the following statement regarding the rumors:
Allegedly, this morning there were statements on social media about a possible threat of an incident that may occur around lunch time at Wilson High School. The superintendent’s office has also received numerous phone calls. Portsmouth Police and school officials are aware of these rumored threats and additional police are currently at the school. Many students have contacted their parents and they have been picked up. The school principal has assured us that these absences will be excused. The police are following all leads and, at this time, the threats do not appear to be credible and the school is not on lockdown.
On behalf of Chris Steele
Assistant Superintendent for Budget & Planning
There have been no arrests in Hill’s case. Police continue to investigate.