Chesterfield parents talk about school shooting threat

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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - A 17 year old Chesterfield boy is behind bars charged with threatening a school shooting. Police say the threat targeted Midlothian Middle School.

Parents and student say they're glad the Midlothian High School student is in juvenile detention.

12 year old Brandon Kelly didn't think too much about the extra police officers patrolling his middle school campus Friday. His mom told him why when she picked him up.

"I had no idea. I mean I just took it as a normal day," said Kelly.

Midlothian Middle School parents received a voice message alert this morning from Chesterfield School officials about the increased police presence. The alert came after Chesterfield police arrested a 17 year old Midlothian High School student Thursday. He's accused of threatening that there would be a school shooting at Midlothian Middle today. Police say they can't reveal how he made the threat.

"This was not a planned event. I believe after our investigation it appears to be a spur of the moment type threat, not something elaborate or planned out that we've seen in other places," said Chesterfield Police Major Karl Leonard.

6th grader Marlena Ashby thought it was a rumor at first.

"One of my friends told me and when I saw the cops in the cafeteria I knew it was true," said Ashby.

"It's not good that somebody could threaten the school or anything," said Ashby Whitehead.

Ashby and Whitehead are Teressa Ashby's granddaughters.

"They need to take this kid for treatment. He needs it badly to make a threat like that," said Teressa Ashby.

Ashby was glad extra police were around. So was Kelly, but never thought to keep her son home.

"I have full confidence in this school as far as they handle situations like this," said Kelly.

The student is charged with profane and threatening language over a public airway. His trial will be in a few weeks. According to a Chesterfield Schools statement about school code: students who are in violation could face suspension or expulsion.  

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