Princess Anne High School student arrested for posting threat on social media

Posted at 9:17 PM, Dec 08, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-10 18:17:13-05

Virginia Beach, Va. - Police have arrested a 17-year-old Princess Anne High School student who was the source of a threatening social media post, according to police.

The teen was arrested and charged with one count of communicating a threat to school electronically, a felony charge.

There was an increased police presence at Princess Anne High School after the threat was posted on social media.

Parents and staff were alerted and officials said there was no evidence that the threat was credible.

Officials are reminding students who post threats such as this one that they could face school disciplinary action and possible charges.  Even a joke can result in being charged.

Officers say they take situations like this very seriously.

"Need to move fast, need to move quickly because it affects thousands of people," says Officer Jim Mcelligott who does crime prevention at Virginia Beach Schools.

He says it's a team effort to investigate a threat.

The student arrested in this case could face a maximum of 5 years in prison if convicted.