Additional officers assigned to Norfolk middle school following social media threat

Posted at 6:55 AM, Feb 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-20 06:56:22-05

NORFOLK, Va. - More police officers will be assigned to the area of Norview Middle School as a precaution after a threat was made on social media.

Police say they received a call about a possible threat on social media Monday night stating "Shooting up Norview Middle School tomorrow."

"Norfolk Police and Norfolk Public Schools want to assure the community that we take every threat against the safety of our students seriously," police said in a news release.

Anyone found posting threats on social media face a Class 6 Felony resulting in up to 12 months in jail and/or a $2,500 fine.

Norfolk Public Schools released the following statement:

Norfolk Public Schools is aware of a disturbing social media post circulating about Norview Middle School. We take any threat such as this seriously and are working closely with Norfolk PD as this matter is investigated.

Parents are encouraged to speak to their children about the very serious nature of making threats as students found to have done this will be subject to appropriate disciplinary and legal actions. This includes expulsion and being charged with a felony.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call the Norfolk Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-UP.

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