Possible school shooting averted in Spotsylvania by police

SPOTSYLVANIA, VA (WRIC) – Sheriff Roger L. Harris announced the arrest of two juveniles, who were planning to commit acts of violence against the students and staff of Riverbend High School.  The planned actions were stopped long before they ever went into play. The plot was foiled by School Resource Officer, (SRO) Deputies and Detectives from the Criminal Investigative Division of the Sheriff’s Office.

On Monday (10/12/15) an SRO arrested a juvenile male student at Riverbend High School, following information developed by the Deputy regarding the student’s intentions to commit acts of violence against “others” in the school. The student was charged with the felony crime of “Threatening Violence by Means of Internet”. The student was subsequently ordered held in the Juvenile Detention Center by the Court.

Sheriff Harris further stated; “Due to this excellent working relationship, we were able to quickly and seamlessly identify a potential threat to our students and faculty”. “We were able to mitigate the danger, long before it presented any chance of coming to fruition and there was no immediate threat to the safety of the kids”.

During the investigation by SROs and Detectives, additional information was developed, potentially linking a second student to the planning and intent to carry out the plot, along with the first student, who was now in custody. Intensive investigative efforts and coordination between the Sheriff’s Office, School Administration and the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office led to a second arrest of a juvenile male on Friday.

The information that was developed, including the possible use of firearm(s), led to search warrants being executed on the residences of both suspects. Further evidence was gathered, which led Detectives to amend the charges on the first subject to “Conspiracy to Commit Murder”. The second juvenile suspect is also being charged similarly. Both are being detained at the Rappahannock Regional Juvenile Detention Center. No additional suspects are believed to be involved in this conspiracy.

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