Police: Falls Church student threatened to ‘take out people’

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (ABC7) — 

School psychologists will be available on Monday at George Mason High School to provide support for students after violent threats were allegedly made against the school.

The Falls Church Police Department first learned about the threats, which allegedly came from a 17-year-old male student enrolled at the school, on Tuesday evening.

“Schools are a sacred ground," Falls Church Police Chief Mary Gavin said. "Schools are a special community that we need to keep safe."

Days later, on Friday morning, the teen was arrested and charged with one count of "threatening to bomb or damage a building." His home was also searched.

“We did find replica-type weapons. Four BB guns, one which was altered to appear as a real weapon,” Gavin said.

Due to his age, the suspect is not being identified.

When asked if the suspect said why he allegedly planned to carry out the attacks, Gavin told ABC7's Anna-Lysa Gayle that "he was angry."

The announcement about his arrest came a day after two students were shot and killed at Aztec High School in New Mexico.

“Because of the police department in cooperation with the schools, we were able to take this situation very seriously and handle it before it became a problem,” Falls Church City Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Peter Noonan said.