Police: Juvenile arrested after threat made against RHS

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Richmond Police Department was made aware of a possible threat of violence to Richmond Community Schools, specifically Richmond High School, at approximately 10:40 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8.

The threat was made on a social media platform, and soon went viral amongst the community, said Lt. Donnie Benedict, representing RPD’s Office of Community Engagement, Youth Services, & Traffic Safety Division, in a news release.

Benedict said Richmond Police Department’s second- and third-shift patrol officers, and the Youth Service Division investigated the incident and quickly located a 15-year-old juvenile at his place of residence.

He was taken to police headquarters along with several pieces of evidence for further investigation, Benedict said.

After a preliminary investigation, the juvenile was arrested and placed in a youth detention center.

Benedict said Monday afternoon that the investigation is still ongoing.

RCS Superintendent Todd Terrill said on the district’s website that the threat to RHS had been investigated and district officials were confident the individual responsible is not a threat to RHS. He thanked RPD and the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department for their quick and thorough reaction and investigation of the threat.

He also thanked students and parents for following the “See Something. Say Something” protocol.

“In this case, it made all the difference and within two hours of this being brought to my attention, we had a resolution,” Terrill said.

He said additional officers would be visible throughout RCS on Monday.