Police presence increases at Colonial Heights HS due to vandalism

Police presence increases at Colonial Heights HS due to vandalism

COLONIAL HEIGHTS, VA (WWBT) - Police will increase their presence at Colonial Heights High School on Wednesday due to vandalism that happened earlier this week.

On Tuesday, parents were alerted to the situation through a Facebook post and through a letter that was sent home.

Principal Kristin Janssen posted the message to Facebook on Tuesday saying their administrative team is working to ease concerns and have the problem resolved. She also went on saying that student's safety is their top priority.

Colonial Heights Public Schools

According to Colonial Heights Police Sgt. Rob Ruxer, the threat was not specific but is under investigation. He says the school has an student resource officer on duty every day, but there will be an additional presence Wednesday. He did not say how many officers will be at the school.

The investigation now has parents weighing in.

"I got a telephone call and also got a text message from NBC12," said mom Krystal Norris, who followed the situation at Colonial Heights High School on Wednesday. "It does scare me. Actually, she didn't go today, so she may not go tomorrow."

Even though police said the "threat was not specific," they are not taking it lightly.

"I think it's a good thing that all the cops are there just in case something happens. I don't think it'll be a big deal tomorrow," said one Colonial Heights student on Tuesday.

With similar scares at area high schools, Colonial Heights students are having a hard time taking the threat seriously.

"I'm not too worried about it. I'm still going tomorrow," he said.

Several parents said the same thing, like one mom who said she's confident in the school system's efforts.

"I'll still be sending my kids to school tomorrow," she said.

But, for Jay Kelly who lives nearby and whose kids are Colonial Heights graduates, he's worried about the student who did something like this.

"It's sad that it's probably a student trying to make a name for himself, trying to get on TV or whatever, but unfortunately, I don't think it's a name they want for themselves," said Kelly. "They don't realize just how serious these kinds of things are now and what it can do to the rest of their life."

Susan Bahorich NBC12

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