NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Norfolk police say a 14-year-old boy has been arrested in connection to threats made against classmates at Lake Taylor Middle School.
Detectives say they were called to the middle school around 6:30 a.m. Monday in response to a social media post that said students would be shot if they came to the school on Tuesday.
The suspect was identified as a seventh-grader at the school. Police say he’s facing a class 6 felony for making threats of death or bodily injury to a person or persons on school property.
Norfolk Public Schools released this statement Monday afternoon regarding the arrest:
“Norfolk Public Schools (NPS) appreciates the swift action of the Norfolk Police Department and our security staff. We would like to remind parents to speak to their children about the very serious nature of making threats as students found to have done this will be subject to appropriate disciplinary and legal actions. This includes expulsion and being charged with a felony. We continue to be vigilant in our monitoring of threats and in keeping our community safe.”
Superintendent Melinda J. Boone also sent a message to the school system community last week, which emphasized procedures and other safeguards used to protect students and staff.
The arrest comes as authorities around the region investigate similar threats made to several different schools. A Virginia Beach middle schooler was also charged Monday in connection to threatening social media posts.
Those with information related to any of the threats are urged to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-UP.
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