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Posted on: January 24, 2024

[ARCHIVED] Investigation Leads to Juvenile Detention Following Threats Against School

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On the evening of Jan. 24, James City County Police apprehended a 14-year-old male who attends Warhill High School on charges related to making threats of harm over social media. Collaborating with Williamsburg-James City County School officials, JCCPD School Resource Officers initiated an investigation into the student following the discovery of social media posts threatening violence on Wednesday afternoon. Officers located and detained the juvenile, who was transported to the Merrimac Juvenile Detention Center. The juvenile has been charged with one felony count of making threats of death or injury. 

The safety and security of WJCC schools are paramount for the Department, and all necessary measures are being taken to address the threats. As a precautionary measure, an increased police presence may be evident during school events throughout the remainder of the week, coinciding with the students' break.

The department expresses gratitude to community members who promptly brought the concerning social media posts to the attention of WJCC officials. Police encourage increased vigilance in using social media and any concerning content should be reported to law enforcement. With the community's support, online threats can be swiftly addressed.

Media Contact:
Tayleb Brooks, PR and Special Projects Administrator
757-592-5618; tayleb.brooks@jamescitycountyva.gov

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