Boy in custody after allegedly posting ‘disturbing’ social media post involving gun

Out of an abundance of caution, Cave Spring Middle School has cancelled all Saturday activities

Roanoke County Public Schools dealing with budget shortfalls


A boy is in custody after a “disturbing” social media post involving a gun was made Friday, according to Roanoke County Police.

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Police said authorities were notified of the social media post by a Cave Spring Middle School employee Friday evening.

We’re told after investigating, police determined the origin of the post and took the boy into custody.

The boy was taken to a juvenile detention center, and police said charges are pending.

Roanoke County Public Schools released the following statement Saturday afternoon in regard to the incident:

“The safety of our school community is our number one priority, and the Roanoke County Police Department’s investigation and response has been swift; the two individuals who are suspected to have perpetrated this crime are both in police custody.

Please be aware that students who create, send, and/or share threatening messages will face serious consequences, up to and including expulsion from school. These actions can also result in criminal consequences, including felony charges that can remain on an individual’s record for life.

We urge parents to speak with their children about the very serious consequences associated with creating, sending, and/or sharing threatening messages.

Thank you so very much for your diligence with regard to reporting any/all threatening and concerning information to school administrators and the Roanoke County Police Department.”

Chuck Lionberger, Director of Community Relations for Roanoke County Public Schools


Roanoke County Police are investigating “concerning social media posts” made after school hours on Friday.

As a result, Roanoke County Public Schools are cancelling all Saturday events at Cave Spring Middle School.

The school district posted on Facebook around 8 a.m. Saturday:

“We are aware of concerning social media posts that were distributed yesterday, Friday, December 8th, after school hours. The Roanoke County Police Department is actively investigating this matter. In an abundance of caution, we are cancelling all Saturday events that are scheduled to take place at Cave Spring Middle School.

Once the ongoing police investigation has concluded, we will provide you with additional information.”

Roanoke County Public Schools

A school district spokesperson, Chuck Lionberger, tells 10 News that the district is working with police to determine the source of a series of concerning Facebook posts.

He says there are no concerns about anyone in danger, but out of an abundance of caution, the district made the decision to cancel school activities.


Roanoke County Police have updated their press release to include the following correction: The boy taken into custody is not enrolled in Roanoke County Public Schools.

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