Police Charge Teens Following School Threat Posted to Social Media

Published on November 08, 2018

ARLINGTON, Va. — Police have charged two Arlington County teens after an investigation determined they were responsible for posting a threat to social media regarding a possible shooting at Washington-Liberty High School. Both juveniles have been charged with Threats to Commit Serious Bodily Harm to Persons on School Property. Their identities are not releasable due to their age.

At approximately 12:20 p.m. on October 31, a School Resource Officer responded to Washington-Liberty High School for the report of a threat made at the school. Upon arrival, it was determined that a Snapchat video had been created by two students and contained verbal and written threats of a possible shooting at the school. Working with school administrators, both students involved were quickly identified and located. During the course of the investigation, detectives determined that the students did not actually have the means to carry out the threat.

The Arlington County Police Department is committed to working with Arlington Public Schools to ensure the safety of our entire school community. We encourage parents and guardians to talk to their children about the serious nature of making threats. All reports of threats made at our schools and in our community are thoroughly investigated by law enforcement and where appropriate, charges will be sought against those responsible.

Our community is safest when everyone is engaged and alert. If you see something, say something® by reporting suspicious activity to police by calling 703-558-2222 or 9-1-1 in an emergency.