Cops: 17-Year-Old Arrested for Racist Threat That Shut Down Charlottesville Schools

A 17-year-old male student was arrested Friday morning for making a racist online threat against Chancellorsville High School, say cops in Charlottesville, Virginia. The defendant faces a count each of threats to commit serious bodily harm to persons on school property, and harassment by computer.

Authorities were made aware of the threat on Wednesday, and they shut down schools on Thursday and Friday as a precautionary measure, cops said.

“The safety of our students and staff was the top priority for the department, the city, and the school district,” said Chief RaShall Brackney.

The “ethnic cleansing” threat originated on the website 4chan, according to HuffPost.

The threat rattled the college town. Charlottesville was the site of a violent white nationalist rally in 2017.

Police in Albemarle County, Virginia also announced on Friday the arrest of a “juvenile” who threatened online to shoot up Albemarle High School. This teen has been charged with threats of death or bodily injury to a person or member of his family, and threats to commit serious bodily harm to persons on school property. Albemarle cops said this has no connection to the Charlottesville incident, however.

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