Norfolk boy accused of threatening to ‘shoot up’ middle school

NORFOLK — A 13-year-old boy is facing charges after he allegedly sent a threatening tweet about Rosemont Middle School.

A 911 operator received a call Monday regarding the tweet, which police said stated “I’m going to shoot up Rosemont middle and burn it to the ground get ready.”

Detectives immediately launched an investigation and identified the boy, who was placed in custody before the start of school Tuesday.

He was charged with threatening bodily harm “and was released into his parents’ custody,” police said.

Authorities said they take every school threat seriously and encourages anyone who knows of any threat to a school to call 911 immediately.

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) 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.