VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – School administrators say a student accused of making threats towards Landstown High School has been arrested.
The principal sent a message to parents Friday saying three other students overheard the threats and reported it. Administrators called Virginia Beach Police and officers arrested the student at school.
The principal said while there is no evidence of any actual intent, this serves as a reminder that words matter and that the school system takes threats very seriously.
The student could face disciplinary action, including possible criminal charges.
The full message from Landstown Principal Cheryl Askew:
Good afternoon, Landstown High School families, this is Principal Cheryl Askew and I am calling today with an important message about school safety. Earlier today, three of our students came forward to report hearing a classmate make threatening comments toward our school. We immediately contacted police, and the student was arrested at school today. While there was no evidence the student had the means to do harm at the school, it is an important reminder that our words matter. Threats of any kind will be taken seriously, and they can lead to real consequences, including discipline at the school level and potential criminal charges. I want to thank our students who came forward today. They heard something upsetting and took the appropriate action by reporting it. Please share with your children tonight that we all have a role in keeping our school safe, and if they ever have a concern, they should find an adult or staff member to share it with. Thank you again for your help in this work, and, as always, for your support of Landstown High.
Norfolk Police was also alerted in regards to a threat made on social media Tuesday, towards the Academy of International Studies at Rosemont Middle School. According to a Norfolk Public Schools spokesperson, the student was located before the start of school, questioned by police, then released into the custody of his parents. The school spokesperson said the threat was deemed to not be credible, but the principal made calls to parents alerting them of the situation.
10 On Your Side has reached out to both Virginia Beach Police and Norfolk Police for more information on both of these cases. Stay with WAVY for updates.