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Two students arrested in Cosby High School scare

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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) -

Chesterfield police say two students have been arrested in connection with notes that set many Cosby High School students and parents on edge.

A school resource officer was alerted to a potentially threatening message written on a wall at about 8:38 a.m. Police have charged a 16-year-old boy with vandalism and disorderly conduct.

Two hours later, police were notified of a second note containing a bomb threat directed at the school. David N. Maione, 18, was charged with threatening to bomb or damage a public building — a Class 5 felony — in relation to writing the note.

"In a time of heightened sensitivity, comments made in jest are being taken seriously by local law enforcement and school administrators," wrote Cosby High School Principal Brenda Mayo. "Two students learned that today and face legal consequences for pranks that occurred and/or comments made during the school day. These disruptions will not be tolerated, and these students now face serious legal consequences and school disciplinary measures."

The arrests came Thursday after messages saying "Justice for Cal" were spotted on and near campus. Those messages had some Chesterfield parents concerned about possible violence.

One message was written at Hampton Park near the tunnel where Cosby Senior Cal Reilly committed suicide, last year. It read "Get ready to take action. Justice for Cal. 5-1-14." However, a loved-one of the 17-year-old says she wrote the message and her intention was never malicious.

May 1 is the day when the woman planned to launch a fundraising campaign, selling t-shirts in Cal's memory. The money would go to suicide prevention.

A picture of a similar note was circulating on social media Thursday, again raising concerns. An extra Chesterfield police unit was at Cosby High School as a precaution.

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