Police: Social media threat directed at Chesterfield elementary school deemed not credible

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CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — No credible threat was found after police investigated a possible threatening message that an elementary school student in Chesterfield County posted on social media. 

School officials at Evergreen Elementary School tell 8News they were alerted Tuesday night to possible ‘social media chatter’ regarding possible violence at the school.

Police investigated and deemed the threat not credible.

The school’s principal sent a letter to parents letting them know that everything was ‘fine,’ and that one police officer was staffed at the school Wednesday ‘out of an abundance of caution.’

Parents,

I know that it’s unusual to hear from me at this time of the morning, so let me reassure you that everything is fine at Evergreen Elementary.

I did want to let you know that students shared with us last night information about social media chatter regarding rumored violence at our school. The police department investigated these social media rumors late last night. Upon investigation, it was determined that there is no threat against our school or any students.

Out of an abundance of caution, we will have a police officer on campus this morning. Again, there is no credible threat and the teaching-and-learning process will continue as normal this morning.

Parents, please help us reinforce the message that we will continue to share with our students about inappropriate messaging via text and other social media. The police department and school division take online messaging very seriously. Students can be arrested and suspended/expelled from school. Please help us reinforce with your student the need for them to think about whether their message is appropriate before posting it. Also, as a reminder, the minimum age to open an account on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, Kik, and Snapchat is 13. For Vine, Tinder and Yik Yak it’s 17. YouTube requires account holders to be 18, but a 13-year-old can sign up with a parent’s permission. This means that no elementary aged student should have these accounts.

Thank you for your continued partnership.

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