Teen charged for bomb threat against Lynchburg high school

Published: Sep. 11, 2023 at 9:27 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 11, 2023 at 4:04 PM EDT
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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ) - A teenage boy has been charged for a bomb threat made toward E.C. Glass High School.

About 8:25 a.m. September 11, 2023, Lynchburg Police officers were called the school, told about a note containing the threat. Lynchburg City Schools (LCS) evacuated and dismissed students.

After the building was evacuated, LPD worked with LCS, Liberty University Police Department and Virginia State Police to search the building. The threat was determined to be unfounded, according to police, but a 15-year-old boy has been charged with Threats to Bomb or Damage Buildings and Threats of Death or Bodily Injury to Persons on School Property.

“The Lynchburg Police Department takes all threats to our schools seriously and will hold this juvenile fully accountable under the law,” said Police Chief Ryan Zuidema. “These threats disrupt our students’ ability to learn and redirect valuable law enforcement resources away from other emergency needs in our community.”

“I want to commend the immediate response of our local law enforcement agencies in conjunction with Liberty University and the State Police for their collaboration in ensuring the safety of our students and staff,” said LCS Superintendent Crystal Edwards. “I also want to express my gratitude to the entire E. C. Glass community for their calm and cooperative response during this challenging time.”

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Det. D. Dubie at (434) 455-6102 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 798-5900. Enter a tip online at p3tips.com or use the P3 app on a mobile device.