VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) -- Another Virginia Beach Middle School student has been arrested for posting a school threat on social media, and police are investigating another threat at Larkspur Middle School Wednesday.
Now, at least seven students have been arrested for threatening a Hampton Roads school.
Dr. Brown, the principal of Virginia Beach Middle School, released the following statement:
Good evening, families. This is Dr. Brown, principal of Virginia Beach Middle School, and I am calling you with an important message about our school’s safety. Tonight, police tell us they have arrested a student for making threats against the school. As their investigation continues, the school will offer any support that is needed. Our school administration was made aware of this threat after a student came forward and shared what the student had overheard. I want to thank that child for making the right decision to speak up. Let me use this as an example to underscore again how important it is for students who hear or see something suspicious to immediately report it to police or a staff member here at school. Thank you for your partnership in keeping our school safe and for your continued support of Virginia Beach Middle School.
A 13News Now viewer shared a message sent from Larkspur Middle School:
Good evening parents -- This is Dr. Melanie Hamblin principal of Larkspur Middle School. I am calling to let you know that police are currently investigating a social media post that referenced violence against our school. As we have seen in the past, police are quick to identify and charge suspects in cases like this. In addition, students who make a threat - even as a joke- face disciplinary action at school. Please take a moment this evening to remind your children to report any safety concerns they may hear about to you, teachers, administrators or other adults. Police and staff will remain vigilant throughout the day tomorrow to ensure your child's safety at school. Thank you for your continued support of Larkspur Middle School. I look forward to seeing your child in class tomorrow.
Police have not released any information specifically about the Larkspur Middle School threat, or if they have made an arrest or not.
Virginia Beach Police are aware of the threats and are working closely with Safe Schools and the Office of the Commonwealth Attorney to ensure the safety of the community.