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2 teens charged after school shooting threat on social media

February 28, 2018

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Two northern Virginia teenagers have been arrested after police say they tried to impress a girl by posting threats to carry out a school shooting.

Fairfax County Police said Wednesday that the 14- and 15-year-old boys have been charged in juvenile court with threatening to commit harm on school property. They’ve been released to their parents’ custody.

Police say the boys posted the threats against Walt Whitman Middle School in the Alexandria section of Fairfax County to impress a girl but did not have the means to carry out the threat.

Police said they have investigated 24-school-related threats in the county since a Feb. 14 shooting at a Florida school that left 17 dead. This is the only one of those cases that resulted in criminal charges. But police emphasized they take the issue seriously, and said that they filed criminal charges against five students between August and December, when they investigated 28 separate incidents of threats against Fairfax County Public Schools.

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