Teen charged with making racist threats in Charlottesville

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Police in Charlottesville, Virginia, say they’ve charged a 17-year-old who made racist threats that have closed the city’s schools.

Charlottesville police said in a statement that they arrested the unidentified teen Friday. He faces a felony charge of threatening to commit seriously bodily harm on school property. He’s also charged with a misdemeanor count of harassment by computer.

News outlets report the system’s nine schools were closed Thursday and Friday. Superintendent Rosa Atkins told families the threat was “racially charged.”

Charlottesville police said the threat targeted Charlottesville High School. The Washington Post says images circulating online referred to an anonymous messaging board and threatened to attack students of color.

Charlottesville was the site of a white nationalist rally in 2017. A 32-year-old counter protester was fatally struck by a car.

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