Teenager Faces Terrorism Charge for School Threat

By: Brendan Ponton Email
By: Brendan Ponton Email

EDINBURG, Va.--- A teenager has been arrested for plotting a violent act at Stonewall Jackson High School, where he is a student, according to the Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office.

Because the student isn't 18, deputies aren't releasing his name.

He faces one count of Committing, Conspiring and Aiding and Abetting Acts of Terrorism. The attack was planned for next spring, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Maj. Scott Proctor, from the Sheriff's Office, said authorities believe the 17-year old was acting alone.

A police department outside of the valley received a notification of a posting on a social media site. Officers eventually forwarded that information to the Sheriff's Office.

Deputies got the tip on Friday, and the student was arrested later that afternoon. The student was not at school when he was arrested. "It was not an immediate threat. As far as we know, no kids were in any immediate danger at the school," said Maj. Proctor.

Jeremy Raley, an asst. superintendent for Shenandoah County Schools, said he believes the student was a senior at the school.

Deputies obtained two search warrants for homes in Edinburg and Maurertown. Because the student is not an adult, the search warrants are sealed, and deputies aren't releasing what evidence was found.

A bomb squad from Virginia State Police and an explosive detection dog team from Frederick County assisted in the search warrants.

Maj. Proctor wouldn't confirm what type of attack was planned.

Raley said the school is operating normally on Monday, and there is an increased police presence.

A court date has not been set for the student. He is being held at the Northwestern Regional Juvenile Detention Center.

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