Albemarle Police: Social Media Post Threatening Violence at MHS a Hoax
A suspect in a social media threat against a high school in Albemarle County is in police custody. Charges are pending against the juvenile who posted what police say they've determined to be a hoax and not a valid threat.
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - UPDATE: A suspect in a social media threat against a high school in Albemarle County is in police custody.
The Snapchat post shows an arsenal of guns with a message warning students not to go to Monticello High School tomorrow. Investigators say charges are pending against the juvenile who posted what they've determined to be a hoax and not a valid threat.
A message sent to parents from Albemarle County schools says there will be additional police presence at all high schools Monday as a precaution. Classes will start at their regular time. The message also says the schools are under constant surveillance by police officers overnight.
Albemarle County Police Department Press Release:
The Albemarle County Police Department has been able to determine that a threatening social media post advising Monticello High students not to go to school on Monday is a hoax and no longer being considered a valid threat.
Officers have identified the suspect of the Sunday night post to be a juvenile, and have the individual detained with charges pending. All Albemarle County Public Schools will open on time Monday with an increased police presence at all of the high schools.
We want to thank the public for calling in with information and the Albemarle County Public School system for their help in the investigation. As is normal practice, all Albemarle County Public School facilities are under constant surveillance by officers at night and protected by alarm systems that immediately alert when an unauthorized person enters.
As a further precaution tomorrow, there will be increased police presence at all high schools. All Albemarle County Public Schools will open on time Monday.
ORIGINAL: Police are investigating a threat against an Albemarle County school posted on social media.
The Snapchat photo shows an arsenal of guns with the message, "don't go to school tomorrow @MHS students” over the photo with the words, “Loaded up bout to head out.”
Albemarle County police say they are actively investigating this threat. The department says school safety is its first concern.
A spokesman for Albemarle County Public Schools says a message will be sent out to parents very soon.
Statement from Superintendent of Albemarle County Public Schools:
Dear Members of our School Community:
Earlier this evening, we were contacted by the Albemarle County Police Department concerning a threatening social media post that advised students not to come to school tomorrow. The police department is investigating this situation. We are closely working with them to ensure that Monticello High School is safe for students and staff.
There will be additional police presence at Monticello High School as well as our other high schools tomorrow as a precaution.
School will start at the regular time tomorrow, Monday, January 8th.
As part of our normal procedures, all school facilities are under constant surveillance by police officers at night, and all facilities are protected by alarm systems that immediately alert us when an unauthorized person is at a school.
There is no higher priority than the safety and security of all students and staff. We will continue to consult with the police department and will take all necessary actions to ensure that our facilities remain safe and secure.
Dr. Matthew Haas
Albemarle County Public Schools