Some area schools dismiss early due to bomb threats

WAVY aware of threats made to schools in Chesapeake, Norfolk & Portsmouth Monday

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) — Multiple Hampton Roads high schools received bomb threats Monday morning, including several in Chesapeake.

The list includes Deep Creek, Indian River, Oscar Smith and Western Branch high schools in Chesapeake.

Deep Creek ended up canceling classes for the rest of the day Monday morning after getting a second bomb threat in the past week. All afterschool activities were also canceled for the day. The school was searched, but nothing was found.

An anonymous caller contacted Deep Creek with the threat at 8:10 a.m. Monday morning and a statement about the incident was sent to parents at 9:45 a.m.

“Chesapeake Public Schools does not tolerate threats or acts of violence,” the statement reads. “Parents, we are asking for your help in talking with your student about the serious nature of making threats.  Actual threats or jokes about threats will not be tolerated and will result in disciplinary actions and may be punishable by law.”

Deep Creek High also received a bomb threat via an anonymous phone call on Friday morning. The school was evacuated, but classes resumed after the building was cleared by authorities. Manor High in Portsmouth was also dismissed early that day after a bomb threat was called in to their main office.

Granby High School in Norfolk received a threat Monday around 11:35 a.m. Police gave the all-clear there just after 1 p.m. Principal Tommy Smigiel sent two messages to parents. This is the one that went out after the all-clear:

Message from Granby H.S. Principal

In Portsmouth, Churchland High and Manor High School received threats Monday.

Churchland got a call later on Monday that said the school would dismiss at 1 p.m. out of an abundance of caution and

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Colorado law enforcement reexamining if disgraced social worker connected to phony bomb threat: Report

Law enforcement officials in Colorado are reportedly re-examining a false bomb threat made in Arapahoe County to determine if a former social worker – who has been accused of fabricating reports against dozens of parents to tear families apart – played any role in the phony threat.

“It’s a very big deal, we’ve known about it since May when our investigation started,” Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Ginger Delgado told CBS Colorado of the office being aware of the bomb threat case.

Multiple law enforcement sources told the outlet that authorities are revisiting the bomb threat made in January at the Arapahoe County Department of Human Services. Former social worker for the agency, Robin Niceta, was the first person to report the phony threat, according to CBS Colorado.

Niceta resigned from her position as a social worker for the Arapahoe County Department of Human Services in May when accusations of misconduct mounted against her and she was ultimately arrested on charges of retaliation against an elected official and making a false report.


Booking photo of former Colorado social worker Robin Niceta.  (Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office)

Booking photo of former Colorado social worker Robin Niceta. (Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office)
(Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office)

Niceta was charged after the Arapahoe sheriff’s office determined she made a false claim that Aurora Councilwoman Danielle Jurinsky sexually abused her own son back in January of this year. The bogus claim came after Jurinsky went on a local radio show and made critical remarks against then-Aurora Police Chief Vanessa Wilson, who unbeknownst to Jurinsky was dating Niceta at the time.

The Aurora Police Department investigated the bomb threat in January, but never arrested or named a suspect in the case.

Niceta reported the bomb threat on Jan. 11 after she and another employee for the Arapahoe

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