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Norfolk, Portsmouth Police investigate social media threat made at several schools

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Posted at 1:23 PM, Sep 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-22 14:55:54-04

NORFOLK, Va. - Norfolk Police have been made aware of social media threats that have been made towards several Norfolk Public Schools.

Police are now investigating to identify the source of the social media posts.

Following the recent school shooting at Heritage High in Newport News, Norfolk Police said they took the steps necessary to add an increased police presence at all Norfolk Public Schools as a precautionary measure.

Norfolk Police and Norfolk Public Schools say they want to assure the community that all threats or social media posts of a threatening nature that are made towards any staff and/or students will be thoroughly investigated.

Portsmouth Police also say they are investigating social media threats made at several of the city's public schools.

They say they have had several reports of disturbing messages and posts made on social media depicting guns and phrases like “Get your kids. They are shooting at Norcom.”

The Portsmouth Police Department is working closely with the Portsmouth Sheriff’s Office and Portsmouth Public Schools to ensure the safety of all students.

Threats were also made at two Virginia Beach high schools Wednesday afternoon.

Chesapeake schools also tell us they received a threat last night against Western Branch High School. They had increased police presence Wednesday as a precaution.

Anyone found posting threats on social media could be charged with a Class 6 Felony resulting in up to 12 months in jail and/or a $2500 fine.

Police encourage anyone with additional information about these incidents to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.