Great Bridge student facing gun charges for social media posts

CHESAPEAKE,  Va. (WAVY) — A student at Great Bridge High School is facing gun charges after police officials say they investigated inappropriate posts made on social media.

Chesapeake police say the school resource officer was notified Sunday, Sept. 24 of the posts, which reportedly included intimidating photographs. 10 On Your Side had heard from students and parents throughout the week regarding this matter.

School officials said Tuesday morning no threat had been made to the high school, but that they were aware of posts with “concerning undertones.”

Chesapeake police spokesperson Kelly Elliot said Tuesday there was not enough to charge the student with anything at the time. Police said in a news release Wednesday the information found did not meet the criteria for a criminal charge.

Police said in the release the school looked into the matter internally and took “appropriate action.”

During the investigation, however, police said other video posts were found. The student was then charged late Tuesday with two counts of underage possession of a firearm and discharging a firearm within city limits.

The offenses in question happened Sunday, according to police. The student was detained Tuesday night and is being held in Chesapeake Juvenile Services for unrelated charges from the fire department.

Capt. Scott Saunders from the Chesapeake Fire Department tells 10 On Your Side this student faces four felony charges for two unrelated incidents from August and in early September.

In late August, a Molotov cocktail was thrown in the parking lot of Great Bridge. The student is faced with two felony charges in connection for throwing the device and posting the activity on social media.

Two other students were involved and face charges including manufacturing or possession of fire bombs or explosive materials or devices and one count of conspiracy to commit a felony.

Saunders said the Great Bridge student is also faced with charges for throwing same kind of homemade device at a portable bathroom off Hanbury Road, earlier this month. This allegedly happened around the corner from the school.

The charges came to light because of concerned parents who alerted the school about photos allegedly taken by the juvenile.

Stay with for the latest on this developing story.