Elementary students will not face charges making prank 911 calls

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POWHATAN, VA (WWBT) – A first grader and his schoolmate could have faced criminal charges for allegedly making fake 911 calls, but a prosecutor now says he will not charge the students.

Powhatan authorities say the pair made several prank 911 calls Thursday morning, claiming someone inside their school had a weapon. This all unfolded at Flat Rock Elementary School in Powhatan County.

The students are facing school disciplinary action.

Those phony emergency calls caused parents to panic and the school to be put on lock down. Six year old Phoenix Morris got an unexpected day off from school.

His mother, Phyllis Morris, decided to keep him at home when she saw all of the police activity on campus.

"All we knew is that there was a situation and they weren't letting anybody in the school," said Morris.

That situation began just before 9 a.m. Investigators say dispatch received several back to back 911 calls claiming someone with a knife was inside Flat Rock Elementary School.

"Not knowing what was going on made me scared for everybody in there," said Morris.

Authorities say they later learned those calls were made by two students who were sitting outside on a school bus -- one of them a first grader.

"I don't think we've ever had anything happen with anyone this young," said 1st Sgt. Scott Lane.

Authorities searched the exterior and interior of the school for nearly 30 minutes. Investigators say when they get a threat against a school they must check it out even if that threat is thought to be bogus.

"We're still going to investigate it as if it were real and work levels down from serious to prank because we don't want an incident to happen," said Lane.

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