NBC News reports:
City police are charging a teenager in connection with an online threat to Charlottesville High School. The Charlottesville Police Department announced Friday, March 22, that a 17-year-old boy was arrested at 6 a.m.
The minor is charged with threats to commit serious bodily harm to persons on school property, and harassment by computer.
Police said they were notified about an online threat around 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, and the school system made the call to cancel classes Thursday, March 21. The school remained closed Friday.
From the Charlottesville police:
In the afternoon hours of Wednesday, March 20, 2019, the department was alerted to an online threat containing biased-based language targeting specific ethnic groups within Charlottesville High School.
An investigation was immediately launched and assisted by our local, state, and federal partners. CPD worked tirelessly over the past 48 hours to determine the source of the threat.
As a result, the Charlottesville Police Department has arrested and charged a 17-year-old male this morning with the following: Threats to commit serious bodily harm to persons on school property, Class 6 Felony, Harassment by Computer, a Class 1 Misdemeanor.
Class 6 felonies are Virginia’s lowest felony charge but still carry a punishment of up to five years imprisonment for adults. No word yet on whether the 17 year-old will be prosecuted as such.
A 17-year-old who made an online threat to carry out an “ethnic cleansing” at Charlottesville High School, prompting all city schools to be shut for two days, has been arrested. https://t.co/DCmQ9Bx9Xr
— Tasneem N (@TasneemN) March 22, 2019
Suspect is 17 years old.
— Terry Moran (@TerryMoran) March 22, 2019