Mason Student Arrested After Allegedly Threatening Violence Against School

December 8, 2017

A George Mason High School student was arrested Friday, just days after another student reported that the student arrested had threatened violence against Mason teachers and students.

The suspect is a male 17-year-old and City resident. He was arrested near his family’s home, City officials say.

The incident began Tuesday, when a student came forward and warned about the threat. School principal Matt Hills called police and the student’s parents, who were told that their son would not be allowed to return to school until the investigation was complete.

Police conducted surveillance of the suspect and determined they had sufficient evidence to arrest him, although it’s not clear whether they have additional information beyond the initial student report. However, police say they are confident that there is no conspiracy — meaning that no one else is involved with any violent plans.

“The investigation to this point has revealed that this was a plan solely conceived by the suspect and there are no other individuals involved. There is no threat to the school or the community,” Communications Director Susan Finarelli said in a statement sent to the media.

“The City of Falls Church Police are grateful for the school administration and community members who came forward with credible, critical information,” said Chief Mary Gavin, also in a statement. “It allowed us to intervene in a timely manner. The courage of people coming forward is key in keeping our community and schools safe.”

Anyone with information should call the Detective Richardson with the City of Falls Church Police at 703-248-5327 (TTY 711).

School officials also released a statement Friday, reminding residents to remain alert, even though they believe there are no other individuals planning violence.

“While police believe this to have been a single threat made by a single student, we urge our students, staff, and community to remain vigilant – and yes, if you see or hear something, say something. We applaud the courage of the student who came forward and helped take care of the community we are in every day.”

There, of course, have been many school shootings in recent years, including one just Thursday in Aztec, N.M. Two students at that school, located near the Colorado border, were killed.

December 8, 2017 


3 Responses to “Mason Student Arrested After Allegedly Threatening Violence Against School”

  1. Michael Parker on December 9th, 2017 1:12 pm

    Fortunately, in FCCPS, students can bring firearms onto campus to be somewhat available to deal with such threats. Unfortunately FCCPS staff cannot.

  2. Alison Kutchma on December 12th, 2017 7:42 am

    Michael Parker — Are you being serious? I thought no guns are allowed on school grounds period.

  3. Kevin Falls Church on December 12th, 2017 3:32 pm

    That is completely inaccurate

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