VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — A Salem Middle School student is in custody and facing criminal charges after making threatening comments toward the school, according to officials. 

A statement from principal Jim Smith was sent to parents stating that police were contacted immediately after the student made the threats, Virginia Beach City Public Schools spokeswoman Natalie Allen said.

The statement also said:

"Tonight, I ask that you use this as a way to remind your children that threats of any kind are not acceptable and will lead to real consequences. Again, if your children see something, they should say something. Thank you for your support and I look forward to seeing your child in school tomorrow."

Deputy Virginia Beach Fire Marshal said they conducted a thorough investigation and determined there were no devices or means for this student to carry out the threats. 

The student, who was between 12 and 14 years old, was charged with threatening to bomb and threats to commit serious bodily harm to persons on school property.

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