Student behind hoax school shooting calls won’t be charged

Posted at 10:59 AM, Sep 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-27 16:00:21-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- A series of hoax school shooting calls has been traced back to a student at the Charterhouse School in Richmond.

"With assistance from the Department of Emergency Communications, officers located an individual who had apparently made all three calls from a mobile phone," Richmond Police spokesman James Mercante said. "The caller, a teen male at the Charterhouse School, suffers from a disability and has not been charged."

Earlier Tuesday three calls were made to Richmond Police reporting shootings.

One of the hoax calls reported a shooting at John Marshall High School, another at the Charterhouse School at United Methodist Family Services on West Broad Street.

"Officers arrived and investigated as both John Marshall High School and Henderson Middle School were locked down for the safety of students and employees," Mercante added. "Officers quickly concluded no incident had occurred."

Charterhouse School CEO Greg Peters said the school was working with police to resolve the situation.

"Charterhouse School appreciates the rapid response of the Richmond City Police Department today and has fully cooperated with its investigation," Peters said. "We can confirm that the reports came from a student at Charterhouse School, many of whom are learning to live with mental health challenges or have experienced childhood trauma."

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