RICHMOND — The Richmond Police Department reported Friday night that students at Chariho Middle School had told the administration earlier in the day that a student had made statements about wanting to harm others in the school.
Administrators immediately approached the youth who had made the alleged statements and performed a threat assessment that led to a medical evaluation at an area hospital. The police said this was done "in an abundance of caution."
The school notified parents in the school district that a rumor of a threat had been reported and was being investigated, and that they would contact them over the weekend if the threat was credible, the police said.
The threat was "directly related to one middle school student," the police said. "The source of the concern was one student who does not currently reside in Washington County, and who will not be in school next week," according to the police announcement.
The department said it works closely with the school administration and other area police departments to ensure the safety of every student and staff member.
"We encourage students and staff to report concerns about school safety immediately so they can be assessed in a timely manner and thoroughly vetted," the statement said. "In this instance, we commend the students that acted responsibly in reporting information they had heard, so that the school and police department could address it directly. Early intervention is the best way of ensuring school safety."