Louisa County High School student arrested Monday night for making threats against school

A Louisa County High School student was arrested late Monday night for making threats on social media to “shoot up the school.”

The Louisa County Sheriff’s Office immediately identified the juvenile and took him into custody within 45 minutes of being notified by school administration, Maj. Donnie Lowe said.

The male student, who posted a threat on Snapchat, has been charged with threatening to commit serious bodily harm to persons on school property, a class 6 felony. He is being detained at Rappahannock Detention Center in Stafford.

“We’re confident that there is no threat to students or staff at this time,” Lowe said. “We are very thankful for the person who reported it and took it seriously. We will always take these types of threats seriously and we hope that the community will help us in that effort.”

A letter from high school principal Lee Downey was emailed Tuesday morning to high school students’ parents whose email addresses were on file, and letters will be sent home with students at the end of the day.

“We appreciate the quick response by the sheriff’s office overnight that assured us that no one was in danger,” Superintendent Doug Straley said. “We appreciate the individuals reaching out to administration to make them aware of the posts so it could be acted upon quickly.”

Read letter here. LCHS Letter 02.20.18