CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Charlottesville City Schools will be closed Thursday while police investigate an online threat made against one of the schools.

An unidentified person posted an image about an online threat directed toward Charlottesville High School for Thursday, March 21.

On Wednesday night, detectives worked with the school division, Virginia State Police, and the FBI to investigate the credibility of an online threat.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Charlottesville Police Department received an email from a concerned citizen regarding a possible threat that was made against Charlottesville High School.

The school system also released a statement saying it’s working closely with police and that the safety of students and staff is its top priority.

Charlottesville Police Chief RaShall Brackney says investigators will be working throughout the night to determine the source of the threat.

“After evaluating all of the information that we've received to date, understanding that all of these threats should be taken seriously due to the nature of it, the content of it, and how specific the threat was, the Charlottesville schools have decided to close all of the schools in the district as we evaluate and continue to gather information,” Brackney said.

Brackney says she and the department will determine what their next steps will be in the investigation once they have more details.

The school division and city police say they will send out more updates as they have them and anyone with information is asked to call the Charlottesville Police Department at 434-970-3280.


03/20/2019 Release from Charlottesville City Schools:

The Charlottesville Police Department and other authorities continue to investigate the internet threat against Charlottesville High School. They have not yet determined the credibility of the threat. Consequently, we will close all Charlottesville City Schools tomorrow, Thursday, March 21. Again, the safety of our staff and students is our first priority. Have a good night, and we’ll update you tomorrow as we learn more.


03/20/2019 Release from Charlottesville Police Department:

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - In the afternoon hours of Wednesday, March 20, 2019, the Charlottesville Police Department received an email from a concerned citizen regarding a possible threat that was made against Charlottesville High School.

An unidentified subject posted an image about an online threat directed toward the high school.

Detectives are working with Dr. Rosa Atkins, the superintendent of Charlottesville City Schools, the Virginia State Police, and FBI to investigate the credibility of the threat.

Anyone with information about this threat is asked to contact the Charlottesville Police Department at (434) 970-3280 or CrimeStoppers at (434) 977-4000.


03/20/2019 Message from Charlottesville City Schools:

Dear staff and families:

We wanted to make you aware of a situation that we are monitoring closely this evening. Earlier this evening, we were notified by the Charlottesville Police Department of an internet threat concerning Charlottesville High School for tomorrow. The CPD and other authorities are investigating this situation, and we will give you an update later tonight. CPD has cleared us to have evening activities tonight, but to allay any concerns, we will have a police presence on hand. Please know that we are working closely with CPD, and the safety of students and staff is our top priority.