Police presence increased at Kellam HS following reports of threats


VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — An increased police presence was seen at Kellam High School Thursday morning following reports of alleged threats.

The school’s principal, Dr. Daniel Smith, said in a message to parents and guardians that Virginia Beach police worked throughout the night to investigate alleged threats of violence against the school.

Smith said police investigated “social media exchanges and found no evidence of substantiated threats.”

Good morning. This is Dr. Smith. I apologize for the early morning call, but our office has received a number of phone calls this morning regarding alleged threats of violence against our school. I want to assure you police were made aware of these reports. The VBPD worked throughout the night investigating these social media exchanges and found no evidence of substantiated threats to our school. They did find rumors of threats spread online and throughout social media. As such, we are still on our normal operating schedule today. As always, I ask you talk with your child about the role we play in school safety. If they see something concerning online, they should report it to police or school staff directly. I look forward to seeing your child in class. Thank you. 

In a tweet, Smith said there will be an increased police presence, but the school would be operating on a normal schedule.

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