14-Year-Old Charged With Threatening Elementary School Students

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    Northern Virginia Bureau Reporter David Culver has the story on a teenager accused of making death threats in Fairfax County. (Published Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014)

    A 14-year-old boy is accused of making disturbing threats on Twitter toward young students at a Fairfax County elementary school.

    The person behind those messages went by the online name @CrucifixDMme and chose the profile name Adam Lanza, after the gunman from the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in December 2012.The profile also used a photo of Lanza as its main account image.

    The tweets by @CrucifixDMme specifically called out students at Belvedere Elementary School in Falls Church. Underneath a picture of six students that had originally been tweeted by the school, the user posted the word "Die."

    Fairfax County Police say he then tweeted, "I shot them like I shot your ki[d]s" to a Twitter user who goes by @SandyHookMom.

    The user also tweeted directly at Fairfax County Public Schools and Belvedere Elementary School, which led school officials to contact Fairfax County Police.

    Police investigated the disturbing messages for several months before arresting the 14-year-old suspect in May. The boy is charged with making threats. News4 learned Tuesday that more charges could come down shortly.

    "Many times people feel [on] social media, they're anonymous, and they can say and do whatever they want," said Lucy Caldwell of Fairfax County Police. "But when that crosses a threshold and does appear to endanger someone, or appear threatening, police do get involved, and police can and do make arrests in these situations."

    Police requested user information from Twitter to track down the boy.

    Authorities have not released his name because he is a minor. He is being held in juvenile detention in Fairfax County.

    Parents at Belvedere said they had no idea about the threats.

    "It's very scary, and the fact that we hadn't heard about that at all puts into question the school administration," father Dan Clancy said. "I mean, it's really concerning."

    Signe Yock, the mother of a student, said she would have liked to know about it to see if her child could have helped the investigation.

    "So that I could talk to my child about it and also ask my kid if he knew anything about it," she said.

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