Police arrest teen suspect after white supremacist threats of 'ethnic cleansing' shake Charlottesville yet again
In Charlottesville, Virginia, police have announced the arrest of a 17-year-old male in connection with threats of violence made online.
The youth has been charged with threats to commit bodily harm at Charlottesville High School as well as online harassment. The threats were allegedly made on Wednesday, and the school was closed on Thursday and Friday. It is scheduled to reopen on Monday, according to superintendent Rosa Atkins.
Police launched an investigation after threats were made in a digital forum online. Zyahna Bryant, a member of the Charlottesville Youth Council, shared an image of some of the threatening messages on Twitter. One of them reads, “I’m doing (an) ethnic cleansing in my school tomorrow”; the message specifically mentions Charlottesville High School, uses racial slurs and threatens to kill black and Latino students.
In August 2017, activist Heather Heyer was killed in Charlottesville while protesting against a Unite the Right rally attended by white supremacists and neo-Nazis. Heyer died after white supremacist James Alex Fields drove his vehicle into a crowd of counterdemonstrators. Fields was charged with first-degree murder and convicted in December.