Police: Teen taken into custody for threat against Toano Middle School

Jimmy LaRoue
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A 13-year old Toano Middle School student has been taken into custody after police said he made a threat on social media to the school.

The written threat on social media threatened bodily harm to others at Toano Middle on March 14, the day scheduled for a national school walkout, according to James City County deputy police chief Steve Rubino.

Toano Middle School administrators contacted James City County Police around 4 p.m. Thursday regarding the threat, Rubino said.

School administrators and police investigators were able to identify the suspect as a 13-year-old boy, Rubino said.

After consulting with James City County’s Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office, the boy, an eighth grade student at Toano Middle, was taken into custody and taken to Merrimac Juvenile Detention Center, Rubino said.

“James City County Police Department takes all threats to schools seriously and works in partnership with (Williamsburg-James City County Public) Schools to investigate information received and threats made,” according to a police department news release.

Rubino said James City County Police will continue to collaborate with the school division while addressing security concerns related to the National School Walkout planned for Wednesday. Students in Williamsburg-James City and York County public schools, along with College of William and Mary students, are planning to walkout for that day.

Rubino also called on residents to be alert for and report behavior or threats that may be, or may lead to, criminal acts.

A student at Lois S. Hornsby Middle School was disciplined after threatening the school Feb. 26, according to a Williamsburg-James City County Schools official.

LaRoue can be reached by phone at 757-345-2342, by email at jlarouejr@vagazette.com or on Twitter @jlaroue.

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