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JUVENILE ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO ONLINE THREAT AGAINST CHARLOTTESVILLE HIGH SCHOOL

Post Date:03/22/2019 12:05 PM
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Tyler Hawn
Public Information Officer
Charlottesville Police Department
o. 434-970-3640
m. 434-409-3439
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 22, 2019

JUVENILE ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO ONLINE THREAT AGAINST CHARLOTTESVILLE HIGH SCHOOL

Press Conference today at 1 p.m.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - This morning at 0600 hours, the Charlottesville Police Department made an arrest in connection with the online threats towards Charlottesville City Schools.

In the afternoon hours of Wednesday, March 20, 2019, the department was alerted to an online threat containing biased-based language targeting specific ethnic groups within Charlottesville High School.

An investigation was immediately launched and assisted by our local, state, and federal partners. CPD worked tirelessly over the past 48 hours to determine the source of the threat.

As a result, the Charlottesville Police Department has arrested and charged a 17-year-old male this morning with the following:

1) Threats to commit serious bodily harm to persons on school property, a Class 6 Felony.

2) Harassment by Computer, a Class 1 Misdemeanor.

The department commends the hard work of our detectives for their diligence and swift action in determining the source of the threat, and the cooperation received from Charlottesville City Schools, Albemarle County Police Department, the Virginia State Police and the FBI during this investigation

Although the city schools were closed for two days as a precautionary measure, and while it may have caused some inconveniences, Chief Brackney stated, “The safety of our students and staff was the top priority for the department, the city, and the school district.”

We want the community to know that any potential threats made against our schools, credible or not, are taken seriously and will be vigorously investigated.

The department will hold a press conference at 1 p.m. at Charlottesville Police Department Headquarters, located at 606 East Market Street, Charlottesville, VA.

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