Students charged after separate threats made at 2 Prince William Co. schools

WASHINGTON — Police in Prince William County, Virginia, investigated threats to two schools Monday, one involving potential violence against a high school teacher and another was a threat to bomb an elementary school.

In the first threat, a school resource officer found out about the possible threat of violence against a teacher at Patriot High School in Nokesville around 11 a.m. Monday, Prince William County police said in a statement Tuesday.

Two students had made the threat on the social media app Snapchat, where they also posted a picture of a suspected firearm. The gun was later found out to be a BB gun, police said, and the officer located both students and determined that the threat was not credible.

The students, a 14-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy, were both charged with threats of serious bodily injury on school property. They have been released back to the custody of a family member.

In the second case, officers investigated a bomb threat at Covington-Harper Elementary School in Dumfries at 2 p.m. Monday. School staff reported a note in a bathroom stall around 1:50 p.m. that threatened to bomb the school. The note prompted an evacuation as a precaution, police said.

But after police searched the grounds and surrounding area with help from K-9 units, the threat was found not credible.

The suspect in this threat has been identified as an 11-year-old male student; he was charged with knowingly communicating a false threat to bomb.

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