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2 Cosby High Students Arrested in Connection with Recent Threats

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Chesterfield County Police have confirmed that two Cosby High School students were arrested Thursday afternoon in connection with recent threats made against the school (Photo sent by anonymous ABC 8News viewer). Chesterfield County Police have confirmed that two Cosby High School students were arrested Thursday afternoon in connection with recent threats made against the school (Photo sent by anonymous ABC 8News viewer).
David Maione (Photo: Chesterfield Police) David Maione (Photo: Chesterfield Police)
MIDLOTHIAN, Va. (WRIC) - Chesterfield County Police have confirmed that two Cosby High School students were arrested and charged Thursday afternoon in connection with recent threats made against the school.  On May 1, a note was discovered on a wall inside the building that read, “Justice For CAL Starts at 12:30 Bi***es.”

A 16-year-old male was charged with vandalism and disorderly conduct in relation to writing the message. David N. Maione, 18, was charged with threatening to bomb or damage a public building - a Class 5 felony - in relation to writing the note.

A Clover Hill High School student, who wishes to remain anonymous, sent ABC 8News a photo of the message that she received from a friend who attends Cosby High. The note is believed to be in a bathroom.

The note worried students and parents in the Cosby High School community, Chesterfield County Police were called to investigate the note, which many perceived as a threat.

The note references Cal Reilly, a 17-year-old who committed suicide last year. A similar note saying “JUSTICE FOR CAL STARTS 5/1/14” was found scrawled on a sidewalk in the Hampton Park neighborhood over the weekend.

On Monday, Chesterfield County Police addressed out-of-control rumors on social media that there was going to be a shooting at Cosby High School on May 1. Students worried that their classmates who had bullied Cal were being targeted.

"At any point in the day I didn't feel unsafe but you could tell some kids were rattled by it and didn't want to be there," says Cosby senior Zachary Gattermeir.

Police and Chesterfield County Public Schools officials stressed that no direct threat was ever made toward the school and its students.

One woman told ABC 8News she knows the person who wrote the sidewalk message, and that they simply wanted to bring awareness to teen suicide and drug abuse.

Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond

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