WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WAVY) — Police say a 14-year-old student at Lois Hornsby Middle School could face a felony charge after reportedly making a threat in mid-June.
Police officials say the student, who was wearing a stocking cap over his face, reportedly used the school’s intercom system to play a recording from the 2013 film “The Purge” on June 15.
Officials say the recording from the film imitates an Emergency Broadcast System message.
The school was not evacuated, but James City County police spokeswoman Stephanie Williams-Ortery says the hoax caused “alarm among the students.”
Williams-Ortery says the recording was not on the student’s phone when they were questioned by police.
She says police requested a petition to charge the student with oral threats to kill or injure a school employee. Police are seeking a felony charge for the student.
The charge carries a possible 5-year prison punishment and a fine of $2,500 fine.