Virginia Beach Police investigate social media rumor about school threat

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on February 26, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 26 at 6:40 PM

UPDATE 4:30 p.m.:  While police are still investigating, they say there was no validity to the threat. Investigators have learned that a student heard about the threat from a third party not associated with the school and posted it on social media. They are still trying to track down the source but say the threat is not credible.
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VIRGINIA BEACH -- Students at Bayside High School are in class as  Virginia Beach Police investigate social media rumors about a possible threat.

In an Alert Now message to Bayside parents, Principal Jim Miller said police have identified at least some of the individuals involved and are talking with them. He added, "At this point, there appears to be no credible threat to our school; that the matter seems to be largely one of students passing on speculation."

Officers and detectives are at the school and are following up on leads, police said. 

On the WVEC13 Facebook page, one parent wrote, "I went an picked up my daughter, cops all over school and lots of parents picking up their kids. It is serious. I texted my daughter after receiving phone message and the kids didn't know anything. She said they switched classes and asked that teacher and he told them what was going on,after that I decided as her mom I was picking up my child. rather be safe."

Alert Now Message:
Parents, this is Jim Miller, principal of Bayside High School. As you are aware, we live in an era of social media. Most of the time social media communication is a good thing. However, every once in a while challenges can arise from its inappropriate use.
Unfortunately, that is the case now. Police are investigating social media rumors about a possible threat to our school. They have identified at least some of the individuals involved and are talking with them. At this point, there appears to be no credible threat to our school; that the matter seems to be largely one of students passing on speculation.
I would ask that you talk to your children about the importance of not participating in such conversations or re-posting rumors. Very real consequences can be the result – including criminal charges and student discipline at school. That being said, should you or your child become aware of any possible threat to our school, please advise school administration or the police immediately.
The safety of students and staff remains our number one priority and you are an invaluable partner in that regard. As always, thank you for your support.

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