Chesterfield Police investigating bomb threat made during virtual middle school class

Chesterfield County

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — The Chesterfield County Police Department is investigating a bomb threat made during a virtual Physical Education class at Chesterfield County Public Schools’ (CCPS) Tomahawk Creek Middle School.

According to a letter sent out to parents of the class, an uninvited person joined the video call for approximately 10 seconds on Monday, Oct. 19. During that time, “this individual made some threats directed at the school.”

Police documents reveal the incident was a bomb threat, which happened at 2:20 p.m. According to district officials, that’s during Cori Bennett’s fourth block odd class.

Chesterfield County Police Department Public Information Officer Liz Caroon tells 8News the threatening individual was removed from the call by the teacher. However, authorities have not revealed if the uninvited person was a student or staff member.

“CCPS has created validation procedures for entry into virtual learning environments,” Caroon said. “Those procedures compared to what is found during the investigation will allow police and CCPS’ personnel to assess the security steps in place.”

Police tell 8News that, while the department continues to investigate the incident, there is no indication of a credible threat to the school.

This is a developing story. Stay with 8News for updates.


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