Albemarle County Teen Faces Felony Charges for Online Threat against AHS
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - Right now, a teenager from Albemarle County is facing felony charges for another threat in central Virginia.
Police say they're not taking any of this lightly.
Because this person is a minor, police can only say that the threat was made by a teen in Albemarle County.
That teen was picked up around midnight on Thursday and is currently at the Blue Ridge Detention Center. The teen is charged with making threats of bodily harm on school property, which is a felony.
The threat was posted between 2 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 21.
The police department immediately started working with the FBI and detectives to trace the online post.
Although the post was deleted quickly after being put up online, the police chief says that doesn't mean it's gone forever.
“Once it's put out into cyberspace, if you will, it becomes a permanent document and that's the message I would like to convey is that we are committed to tracking down anybody that wants to make a threat via social media,” Albemarle County Police Chief Ron Lantz said. “We will find you and you will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law."
Police believe this is an isolated incident, and students are not in danger at this time.
They say they believe it's in no way connected with the threats made to Charlottesville schools on Wednesday.
However, the department is increasing police presence at Albemarle High School just to be safe.