Thursday, December 8, 2022

So how ‘threatening’ were those calls made to Tabb High? Officials remain mum

Information about the “threatening” phone calls made to Tabb High School Wednesday — just days after a video showing a teacher touching a student wearing a Trump flag during the school’s annual spirit week went viral — remain scarce.

Officials remained mum Thursday about the incident. And there appears to be confusion on who’s in charge of releasing information.

On Wednesday, WYDaily contacted the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office about the threatening phone calls and Shelley Ward, the spokeswoman referred WYDaily to the York County School Division for questions relating to the investigation.

WYDaily then reached out to Katherine Goff, spokeswoman for the school division, multiple times on her office and work cellphone on Thursday and she sent an email response referring WYDaily’s questions to the sheriff’s office.

“As this is an ongoing law enforcement investigation, it is our standard protocol to refer all questions related to the investigation to law enforcement,” Goff wrote in a email.

In a subsequent email regarding the investigation, Goff said Tabb High received two calls of a “threatening nature.”

She said the division will not release any additional information.

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YCSD School Board Chairman Jimmy Richardson told WYDaily there are two investigations going on regarding Tabb High School: one is an administrative investigation regarding the teacher involved in the Trump flag incident and two is a criminal probe regarding the threatening phone calls made to the school following the video.

WYDaily reached out to Ward multiple times on her work phone as well as Sheriff Danny Diggs. Both numbers were referred to an automated voicemail system and neither immediately returned WYDaily’s phone calls.

It remains unclear what the threatening calls entailed, what time the parents were notified of the threatening phone calls and how many deputies were at the school on Thursday.

The YCSD and the sheriff’s office released two Facebook posts about the incident within 25 minutes of each other Wednesday.

“York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office increased our law enforcement presence at the school this afternoon,” the sheriff’s office said in a Facebook post.

According to the YCSD’s Facebook post, the threatening phone calls to the high school were made around noon and the school district was put on modified lockdown and cancelled after school activities following the incident.

“We are working closely with the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office as law enforcement investigates the phone calls,” the YCSD wrote in a Facebook Post and noted additional deputies would be at the school Wednesday and the following day.

Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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