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Cops in Charlottesville Arrest 17-year-old in Links with ‘Threat to Schools’

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The cops in Charlottesville, Va., reported the arrested of a 17-year-old boy in links with a threat that “contained vile, racially charged language targeted African-American and Hispanic students” at an area high school.

At a press conference on Friday, police Chief RaShall Brackney said that the suspect was believed to have made “threats to commit serious bodily harm to persons on school property” and to have carried out “harassment by computer.” The school superintendent Dr. Rosa Atkins further affirmed that the person convicted was not a student.

“Hate…violence…intolerance is not welcomed in Charlottesville,” Brackney said. “And in Charlottesville and around the globe we stand firmly in stating there are not ‘very fine people’ standing on both sides of this issue,” she added, pointing her finger at President Donald Trump, while referring to violence sparked by a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville in August 2017.

The happening of such an event is also considered as yet another blow to a community, which was still recovering from what transpired in August 2017. The officials said that they decided to shut down nine schools, which host more than 4,300 students, for a second day on Friday. The move came after a citizen emailed school district administrators, Wednesday evening with the news regarding the prevailing threat.

The officials released a statement on Thursday evening conveying teachers and parents of the decision to close school again. “We would like to acknowledge and condemn the fact that this threat was racially charged,” the statement read.

Margaret Thornton, a Charlottesville resident who taught at the school from 2012-2016 said that she was concerned about how the latest series of threats might affect the students. Besides, embarking upon the incident and the trauma each student had to go through just a year-and-a-half ago.

“The school district does not take the decision to close schools lightly,” Thornton told NPR on the conclusion to close the schools for two days.

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