NPS responds to rumored neighborhood threats

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- Norfolk Public School officials have sent an advisory notice to parents and guardians in response to rumored threats of potential neighborhood violence.

A spokesperson for the school system said they are working closely with the Norfolk Police Department and Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority (NRHA). 

The rumors of the violence have not yet been confirmed. 

No further details are available at this time. 

The statement below was sent via an automated call and email:

"Good morning NPS parents and guardians:

NPS has been made aware of rumors of potential neighborhood violence in the vicinity of P.B. Young and Tidewater Park Elementary Schools. It's important to understand that these are unconfirmed rumors. However, we want you to know that we are working closely with Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority (NRA) and Norfolk PD as we monitor this situation. There will be increased police presence in the surrounding neighborhoods of these schools. Please be assured that the safety and security of your child, our teachers and staff is of the utmost importance and we remain vigilant in our security efforts. Thank you."

Norfolk Police also issued this statement:

“The Norfolk Police Department is aware of a social media post that rumored violence in two Norfolk communities.  The Detective Division and Criminal Intelligence Unit have thoroughly investigated the circumstances surrounding this social media rumor and will continue to monitor.  Although the investigation has not identified a specific or credible threat, precautionary measures were taken and community members may see an increase in police presence as a result.”

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