Hampton, Va. – A 12-year-old Eaton Middle School student was taken into custody on Wednesday after officials say the student made a threat against the school online.
Police were told about the incident on Wednesday, Dec. 11th at 8:40 a.m. by the school administration.
Administrators told police that the student placed the threat against the school on social media on December 10th overnight.
The 12-year-old was then arrested and charged with one count of making a threat to a middle school, which is a class 6 felony.
The student is now in the custody of the Newport News Secure Detention Facility.
Police say they conducted an investigation and considered the threat to be not credible. The student has not been back to the school since the alleged post and police say no one in the school was ever in any danger.
School officials say they made phone calls to all parents of students at the school.
They’ve provided the text of the actual phone call below:
Good afternoon, this is Mr. Hudson, principal at Eaton Middle School. At Eaton Middle School, we take the education and safety of our children very seriously, and as such, would like to apprise you of a situation that occurred. This morning, the school was notified that a student had posted a threat against Eaton Middle School through social media. We immediately involved the Hampton Police Division. The student has been identified and the police investigation is on-going We have no reason to believe that our students and staff are in any danger and our school day is progressing normally. Thank you for your support of Eaton Middle School.
No further details have been released.
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