On March 8, at approximately 4 p.m., Toano Middle School (TMS) Administrators contacted James City County Police regarding a reported threat made via social media. The written threat on the social media site threatened bodily harm to others at TMS on March 14, National School Walkout day. The Administrators and Investigators were able to identify the suspect as a 13-year-old male. After consulting with the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office, the 8th grade TMS student was taken into custody and transported to Merrimac Detention Center where he was charged with written threats of bodily harm on school property.
James City County Police Department takes all threats to schools seriously and works in partnership with W/JCC Schools to investigate information received and threats made. When a potential threat is discovered, the contents are reviewed to assess credibility and means, while other factors are also considered. Police also consult with the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office on possible criminal charges when applicable.
James City County Police Department will continue to collaborate with W/JCC Schools in this same capacity while also addressing security concerns for National School Walkout day on March 14.
Police ask that citizens be alert and report behavior or threats that may be or may lead to criminal acts; this should not be limited to school incidents. If you see something, say something.
Steve Rubino, Deputy Chief