Teen arrested for racist threat that closed Charlottesville schools for 2 days

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WRIC|AP) — A 17-year-old has been arrested in connection with racist threats that resulted in all Charlottesville City Schools to close for two days. 

The district’s nine schools were closed Thursday and Friday out of precaution after authorities told school officials of a threat on Wednesday.

Superintendent Rosa Atkins told families that the threat was “racially charged” and the school system does not tolerate hate or racism.

Charlottesville police said the threat targeted Charlottesville High School and contained ‘biased-based language targeting specific ethnic groups.’

The 17-year-old has been charged with threats to commit serious bodily harm to persons on school property (a felony) and harassment by computer.

The Charlottesville Police Department, Virginia State Police, Albemarle County Police Department and FBI were all involved in the investigation.

“Although the city schools were closed for two days as a precautionary measure, and while it may have caused some inconveniences, the safety of our students and staff was the top priority for the department, the city and the school district,” Charlottesville Police Chief RaShall Brackney said in a release.

“We want the community to know that any potential threats made against our schools, credible or not, are taken seriously and will be vigorously investigated.”

The police department will be holding a press conference Friday afternoon to release more details. Stay with 8News for updates. 

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