VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia Beach school officials say there will be additional police patrols at Princess Anne High School Wednesday after a threat against the school was posted on social media.
A picture sent in by a WAVY viewer shows the message posted on an app called, “After School.” The app allows individuals to post anonymously to a message board.
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Virginia Beach school officials say they were alerted after the threat was made Tuesday afternoon.
The following message was sent to parents via AlertNow:
Good evening, this is Daniel Smith, principal of Princess Anne High School.
I’m calling you this evening because earlier today a threat against Princess Anne was posted on a social media page. After it was posted, school administration and police were notified and immediately began to investigate. At this time, we have no reason to believe this is a credible threat. However, as a precaution, students and families will see additional police patrols at the school tomorrow.
Let me be clear: Threatening behavior of any kind, whether online or in person, is unacceptable and, in most cases, criminal. Those responsible are subject to our school disciplinary process as well as potential criminal charges by police.
Parents, I am asking you to use this example to talk to your children about the importance of their online behavior and responsible use of technology.
Thank you for your support of Princess Anne. If you have questions or concerns tomorrow morning, please call the school’s office at 757-648-5600, but please know that the safety of our students and staff is our number one priority.
Officials say police are investigating the threat and there is no reason to believe it is credible.