Friday, March 31, 2023

Police: No active threat to public after James Blair student refers to violence against school

The new James Blair Middle School features a large, rounded section on one corner, which faces the intersection of Ironbound and Richmond roads. The second floor of the rounded section is where the school's media center is located. WYDaily/Sarah Fearing)
The new James Blair Middle School features a large, rounded section on one corner, which faces the intersection of Ironbound and Richmond roads. WYDaily/Sarah Fearing)

Police have confirmed there is no active threat to the public after a student made comments threatening violence at James Blair Middle School Thursday.

James Blair Middle School parents received a message Friday morning before school advising them that a student had “made comments referencing violence” toward the middle school, Williamsburg-James City County Schools spokeswoman Eileen Cox said.

The student has not been charged with a crime, Williamsburg Police spokesman Maj. Greg Riley said. Police do not believe there is an active threat to the school or public.

The investigation is ongoing, he added.

Student safety and wellness are priorities for everyone in WJCC Schools,” Cox said. “With that in mind, the principal at James Blair Middle School sent a message to parents this morning to make them aware of an issue that had been reported involving the school.”

Cox said the student made the comments Thursday. Other students overheard the comments and told administrators, who called police to investigate. Cox did not detail what the student said.

The student was not in class Friday, Cox said.

Both Cox and Riley declined to give information on the grade or gender of the student accused of making the comments. Riley said police typically do not release information on juveniles accused of crimes.

Cox said disciplinary action will be taken against the student according to the Code of Student Conduct. Cox declined to specify what the disciplinary action would be, as it is a student matter.

“As our community knows, there is a strong partnership between the schools and our local police departments,” Cox said. “And, we appreciate how quickly police were able to investigate this matter. Today, students were in class and engaged in their learning.”

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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