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Police: Threats made to middle school, high school in Arlington; police presence increased

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A middle school and high school in Arlington have an increased police presence Friday after police said they were the targets of social media threats Thursday night.

Arlington County police said "threats of violence" were made to Williamsburg Middle School and Yorktown High School but added that there are no credible threats to the safety of the students or school staff.

Williamsburg Middle School principal Bryan Boykin said in a statement that police have identified a person in connection with the incident.

Boykin released a full statement regarding the matter.

"We were made aware of the rumors of a potential threat have been circulating on social media this evening. I have been in contact with members of the Arlington County Police Department and our APS central office staff. They have identified the individual and are investigating the situation further.

Please remember that student safety is always a priority and I ask that you continue to hold conversations with your students regarding their safety and the safety of others. If ever you or your child are concerned about something that poses a possible threat to anyone or themselves, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me, our school resource officer, or any member of the administrative team."

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Police said they are continuing to investigate the case.

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