Henrico Police arrest student in Glen Allen HS threat

Published: Jan. 10, 2014 at 5:45 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 11, 2014 at 12:11 AM EST
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HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - Henrico Police have arrested a Glen Allen High School student who they say made threats leading to a lockdown at the school earlier this week.

The 16-year-old student was arrested Friday and charged with threatening to commit serious bodily harm to a person on school property.

Neighbors are now reacting to the formal charge.

"Because nothing actually went down it might be easier to say he should be let off a little easier but just being safe I think it's good to set an example," says Brian Alfaro, a neighbor.

"It's kinda scary having him live right across the street," says Connor Johnson. His sister goes to the high school. "Maybe he needs more help or teaching than prison time."

The charge comes in connection with the incident Tuesday at the school, where police say the teen threatened another male student.

The 16-year-old has been placed into juvenile detention and will have a court date later this month. According to NBC12 legal analyst Steve Benjamin, a juvenile court judge has complete discretion as to whether to impose any detention at all.

The teen was taken into custody following a two-hour lockdown Tuesday. Armed Henrico Police and SWAT personnel went classroom by classroom searching the campus for any sign of the distraught, armed student.

Henrico Police Chief Douglas Middleton said the student was distraught over a relationship and there was fear that he was going to harm himself or harm others.

The student was never found on the campus, nor were any weapons, and no one was harmed. The teen was on the phone with a Crisis Intervention Team supervisor a few hours later, when police took him into custody in a nearby neighborhood. He was later released without charges.

Police say they did not find any weapons at the home the student was in.

Students say it was problems with an ex-girlfriend that set the 16-year-old off. Friends came to the student's defense after the incident. One friend said he believes there were signs that something was wrong. Some friends said there were messages on Twitter showing something was bothering this teenage boy.

School leaders have said they will decide how best to discipline the student.

Students remained calm, but said they were on edge during the incident. Some took video and photos as SWAT members entered their classroom.

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