Police investigating social media threat involving Peabody Middle School

PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) — Petersburg Police are investigating a social media threat involving a Petersburg middle school.

Police say they received information about a threat of violence that would take place on Friday, May 26 at Peabody Middle School.

Officers responded to the school on Wednesday and spoke with numerous students, including the juvenile who allegedly made the threat. Police say the juvenile has been released to his parent. No charges have been filed at this time.

Petersburg Schools issued sent the following statement to Peabody Middle School families Wednesday afternoon:

This is a message for Peabody Middle School families:

Today the Police Department has investigated information received about Peabody Middle School and has taken appropriate measures and has deemed our school safe.

The safety of our students and staff members is a priority. Peabody Middle School is working closely with the Petersburg Police Department as police officers investigate the situation. We wanted to share with you the information that the Police Department has taken appropriate measures and has deemed our school safe.

To help reassure students and parents, we will continue to use metal detectors at Peabody.

Maintaining a safe and supportive environment is a top priority at Peabody Middle School and throughout Petersburg City Public Schools.

Thank you.

Police say they are continuing to investigate the threat by speaking with more students and ‘working with school officials to determine what resources should be allocated to the situation.’

The school will see an increase in officers throughout the week.

If you have any information or believe that you heard anything about this threat of violence, please contact the Petersburg/ Dinwiddie Crime Solvers (804-861-1212) or the Petersburg Bureau of Police (804-732-4222).

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