Henrico investigating 2 school threats; teen arrested

Henrico investigating 2 school threats; teen arrested
Glass doors and a window were damaged at Glen Allen High School. (Source: Henrico Public Schools)

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - Henrico families were on alert Friday because of two separate investigations involving schools in the county.

First there was a threat on social media to Deep Run, Godwin and Glen Allen high school students. Police say it was not credible, but a 16-year-old is now under arrest and charged with "...making threats of bodily injury to persons or school property."

The next investigation involves a student being accused of bringing a knife to Highland Springs High School.

Thanks to dozens of tips from students and parents, HCPS says staff was able to work quickly with authorities and make sure the campuses were safe. Even then, some parents decided to keep their children home, while other students decided to come to class.

It all unfolded on social media.

"All of you should get an [expletive] bullet to the brain," is how the threat starts off.

A student sent screenshots of the disturbing messages to NBC12. In it, Godwin, Glen Allen and Deep Run High are mentioned as targets.

"It's scary, especially what happened after Parkland," says Godwin senior Emma Ford.

The threat also mentions using an AR-15, saying this is going to be "bigger than Parkland," tells some students not to come to school and it goes on to say, "I'm already suspended, so I've been planning this."

School staff was quickly notified.

"I think there was a rapidness to this that I had never quite seen," says HCPS spokesperson Andy Jenks. "Right away from Thursday night and into the very early hours of Friday morning, you had the proper law enforcement authorities looking into this."

The FBI and Homeland Security even got involved. While a 16-year-old was charged for making the threat, police say it was not credible because the teen did not have the means to carry it out.

Some students stayed home, but Ford decided to come to class.

"I wanted to go to school today, because as a senior, I wanted to show the lower classmen that we'll get through this," she said. "There was definitely less people, but there was this overall vibe of just kindness among students. I think that's just what Godwin is. That's Godwin pride. That's Godwin spirit. Kids just asking each other if they were okay, friends supporting friends."

Police are also investigating a situation at Highland Springs High School. A photo circulating on social media showed a student holding what looked to be like a knife. The school alert says there were some inaccuracies with the post, but not to be concerned because police and school staff are in contact with this student and his family.

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A message for Highland Springs High School and ACE Center families:

School administration say if the students involved need any sort of mental help, the district will make sure they get the help they need.

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