Danville teen in custody after accused of threatening to shoot school on social media

DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — A teenage boy was arrested in Danville after police discovered a social media post over the weekend threatening to shoot at a school.

According to the Danville Police Department, the Virginia Fusion Center reached out about a social media post that originated in the Danville area and contained a school shooting threat, but did not specify the school’s location.

Through the department’s partnership with the FBI and Danville Public Schools, police immediately started investigating the source of the social media post.

Within hours, authorities tell WFXR News they determined the identity and address of the 16-year-old boy who made the post, taking him into custody at his Danville home. However, when officers searched the residence, they did not find any firearms.

Police say they charged the teenager with a felony offense of making a threat of death or bodily injury to persons on school property. He was then held on a detention order at W.W. Moore Jr. Juvenile Detention Home.

According to officials, the investigation into this incident revealed that numerous people who knew the juvenile saw and responded to his post, but none of those people reported the threat to law enforcement.

In a time where the nation is mourning tragedy in a school setting, the Danville Police Department would ask the community to immediately notify law enforcement of threats or perceived threats to shoot, bomb, or in any way harm others they may become aware of.  When citizens report alarming behavior and rumors of an imminent threat, the police department may be led in a direction to avert a tragic event.  Please do not hesitate to make notification as time is critical in any investigation.  Threats of this nature should be considered an emergency and reported by calling 911.  

The Danville Police Department immediately and thoroughly investigates all threats to schools and the community safety as-a-whole. The citizens of Danville should also be aware that the Danville Police Department trains and prepares for critical incidents in partnership with the Danville Fire Department, the Danville Life Saving Crew, and Danville Public Schools.  

The Danville Police Department also provides (CRASE) Citizen Response to Active Shooter Event training for the members of the community who are interested in learning best practices if responding or present during an active shooter event.  This training has been provided to numerous groups and can be set up should any groups be interested in hosting a training event by contacting Lt. P.R. Deel at DEELPR@DANVILLEVA.GOV

Statement released on June 1, 2022 by the Danville Police Department

If you have any information about this incident, you are asked to contact the Danville Police Department by calling patrol at 434-799-6510, calling investigations at 434-799-6508, calling 911, calling Crime stoppers at 434-793-0000, using the department’s social media, or using the crime tips app CARE. Information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case will be eligible for a cash reward.  

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