Authorities deem mass shooting threat made towards three West End schools “not credible” following investigation

Authorities deem mass shooting threat made towards three West End schools “not credible” following investigation

Henrico Police worked throughout the night with officials from both the FBI and Homeland Security to track down the source of a post that went viral on Snapchat, warning that a mass shooting would take place Friday, March 9th at three Henrico County Schools.

Henrico Police worked throughout the night with officials from both the FBI and Homeland Security to track down the source of a post that went viral on Snapchat, warning that a mass shooting would take place Friday, March 9th at three Henrico County Schools.

The messages that were circulating, which can be seen below, outlined what looked like a disgruntled student’s plans to plan a mass shooting at either Deep Run, Godwin, or Glen Allen High Schools, or a combination thereof. Police quickly investigated and deemed the threat to be “not credible” and released a statement regarding the matter.

It reads, in part:

Late in the evening on Thursday, March 8, 2018, Henrico Police became aware of a threatening message that mentioned Glen Allen, Godwin, and Deep Run High Schools that was circulating through the community via social media. Throughout the night, Henrico Police along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Homeland Security pursued leads which led to the origin of the message. Further investigation identified a juvenile person of interest and determined that the threat was not credible.

The safety of our school students and staff is a top priority. The Henrico County Police Division will continue to work with Henrico County Public Schools to ensure they have a safe environment to learn.

Officials are planning on following normal operating procedures county-wide on Friday, with the exception of an increased police presence at the schools mentioned, as well as others.

No charges have been filed at this time. We’ll continue to follow this story as it develops.

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