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Police continue Warhill threat investigation

The Virginia Gazette
District won't release results of Warhill threat probe

Williamsburg-James City County Schools has finished its investigation into an alleged threat by a student to bring a weapon to Warhill High School earlier this month, but do not plan to release information on it.

"We do not release student-specific disciplinary information or actions," District director of public relations Betsy Overkamp-Smith said in an e-mail.

Police and school officials are looking into a threat they allege was made by a 14-year-old male student who told other students he was going to bring a weapon to school Dec. 4. Officials did not say what kind of weapon, or release specific details on the alleged threat.

After rumors about the alleged threat spread on social media, parents expressed concerns to police and school officials, who launched a probe to determine if the threat was credible.

In a phone message to parents, Warhill High School's principal Jeff Carroll said police had investigated the threat and that the school was safe.

Despite Carroll's message about safety and an extra school resource officer at the school, dozens of students didn't go to school the day the teen was allegedly bringing a weapon to school.

The freshman accused of the threat was not allowed back at school Dec. 5, Overkamp-Smith said previously. "It was simply a statement with no credibility," she added.

James City County Police spokesperson Stephanie Williams said the department's investigation into the alleged threat is ongoing, and it doesn't release information about on-going investigations.

Reach Canty at (757) 345-2341.

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