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YPSO: Two boys, 16, face charges in connection with Instagram threat at Tabb High

Two Tabb High School students have been charged in connection with what authorities say were threats made through Instagram against another student and the school.

Since the two boys, both 16, are juveniles, authorities are not releasing their names.

The York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office said deputies were sent to Tabb High Sunday at around 7:45 p.m. after a parent reported the threat.

No other information was immediately released.

The boys are charged with threats to burn/bomb. They were taken to Merrimac Detention Center and later released to their parents – both are required to wear a home monitoring bracelet, authorities said.

Authorities lodged an additional charge of threats to kill against one of the boys.

The York County School Division released this information to the Tabb High community:

“This is Candice Welch, assistant principal of Tabb High School. I am calling today to make you aware of a situation affecting our school. School administrators have been notified by the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office of a threatening communication made towards the school. Those involved have been identified and will face appropriate disciplinary action in accordance with the York County School Division Student Handbook and Conduct Code as well as criminal charges.

Rest assured that we take this matter very seriously and are working closely with authorities investigating this matter. We commend the parent who brought this concern forward as the safety and well-being of our community is a collective effort and remains a top priority for our school division. We encourage you to take some time to review the York County School Division Student Handbook and Conduct Code with your child to be sure they understand the serious consequences of student misconduct, especially false threats….”

John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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