Rash of school threats plague Central VA high schools

Rash of school threats plague Central VA high schools

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Police officers in Central Virginia have responded to nearly a half dozen potential school threats since the end of February.

The threats were made at HopewellPrince George, Patrick Henry, Cosby, and New Kent high schools. Social media has largely fueled much of the rumors regarding the threats, which were all determined to not be credible.

The threats create angst and bring extra law enforcement into the schools to ensure security. This also diverts officers from other duties, and it creates a major disruption in the school day for students.

Law-enforcement experts say threats of this nature are not uncommon in the later part of the school year, as students become anxious for spring break. "Senioritis" also tends to kick in, as well as general school fatigue.

Coming up on 12News, Kelly Avellino is investigating this recent rash of school threats and how they are impacting your children and school.

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