Police have responded to 24 Fairfax County school threats since Florida shooting


    Fairfax County Police Chief Ed Roessler. (ABC7)

    In the two weeks following the deadly high school shooting in Florida, Fairfax County Police have investigated 24 school related threats, according to a report released Wednesday.

    Chief Ed Roessler says the department tracks and documents all school threats against Fairfax County Public Schools.

    In 28 incidents between August and December 2017, five students were charged with criminal offenses, and two others were detained for mental health treatment. In some cases, parents requested mental health evaluations for a child.

    Police found probable cause to file charges on Tuesday in one of the cases since the Florida shooting. Two Alexandria boys, 14 and 15, face charges for a social media threat of a possible shooting at Walt Whitman Middle School that was first reported to police on February 17.

    After searching social media accounts and other databases, investigating detectives identified the two boys and determined that they were trying to impress a girl, but didn’t have the means to carry out a shooting. Police say the boys turned themselves in .

    After a detention hearing, the boys were sent home with their parents. They remain under electronic monitoring.

    Police concluded that students were “just joking around" in some of the reported cases. But Roessler emphasized that such threats are investigated fully and felony charges can be filed whether they were joking or not.

    If you would like to file a report, police ask that you call the FCPD non-emergency line at 703-691-2131. For emergencies in progress, please call 911.

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