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Henrico school staff address rumored threats

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HENRICO, VA (WWBT) -

It's been nearly a week since the school massacre in Connecticut and some Henrico County parents remain on edge.

In the past few days, there have been a string of rumors about threats at several county schools.

NBC12 checked the police reports and found eight incidents reported to police just this week.  Investigators can't confirm right now if that is an increase, but to put it into perspective that's at least two a school day since the Connecticut shooting. The most recent reported incidents are in the Short Pump area.

Whether you live in the west or east end, police are looking into threats or rumors of threats at a number of schools.  At least two middle schools and six high schools have reported an incident to police.

It makes Jack Williams, a father of three children under 10-years-old, uneasy. 

"The threats today are much more viable then they would have been 10-20 years ago," said Williams.

The most recent incident happened Wednesday at Godwin and Deep Run high schools.  A parent who would not go on camera pointed us to a Twitter feed.  On it people tweet that a Godwin student wrote on a social media website, "This might be a little bit harsh, but I wish that Connecticut shooting was at Deep Run."

NBC12 reached out to school staff and police. Investigators say they are looking into two reports of a "suspicious situation" at both schools, but no one will confirm if the person involved is a student.

"We don't comment on the existence of any disciplinary action taken against any student.  In other words we don't confirm or deny whether that has taken place," said Andy Jenks, HCPS director of communications.

Police say, so far, no threats have become a reality.  But warn criminal charges could be filed.

"People may not consider if they make a threat or spread a rumor of a threat that there is a possibility of a criminal charge that can be placed on someone," said Lt. Linda Toney with Henrico Police.

"We're also telling parents that these rumors have been investigated thoroughly and that they are unsubstantiated," said Jenks.

School staff says school will be in session on Friday, the last day before Winter Break.

"Yesterday there were two deputies parked out front and that made me feel pretty good," says Williams.

Chesterfield and Richmond schools are already on Winter Break this week.

Governor Bob McDonnell is calling for a statewide moment of silence at 9:30 a.m. to remember the Connecticut victims. The bell tower will ring 26 times for those shot and killed.

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