Student in custody following alleged threat against middle school

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A middle school student is in custody following an alleged threat that was made against a Virginia Beach school.

A spokesperson for Virginia Beach City Public Schools confirmed two messages regarding the threat against Plaza Middle School were sent to the parents and guardians of students this week.

In a message sent Wednesday said two students came forward to report that a threat was made on social media. Police reportedly found no evidence to substantiate a threat against the school.

Good evening, families. This is Principal Debbie Price. I wanted to take a moment to send another update on our school operations. Unfortunately, today, two students have come forward to again report seeing a threat made against our school on social media. While police are searching for the student responsible, they have again shared there is no evidence to substantiate a threat against our school. Please know we will have police here throughout the week as a precaution and as a reassurance to students, but, parents, I am calling on you to talk to your children about the importance of good decision making. Making threats, even as a joke, will lead to serious consequences, including here at school and potential criminal charges. Together, we need to work to stop these senseless threats from further disrupting our school day. Thank you for your understanding and support of Plaza Middle.

Principal Debbie Price said in a message sent the next day that a student had been identified and taken into police custody. 

Parents, this is another example of how seriously we take threats. Not only could students face school discipline (including up to expulsion) they will also have potential legal ramifications for their actions. Thank you for your understanding and for your continued support of Plaza Middle. Thank you. 

This is a developing story. Stay with WAVY.com for updates.

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