Albemarle Teen Pleads Guilty

Was Arrested Just Last Week for Threats That Closed C'Ville Schools

March 27, 2019 - 3:28 pm

Charlottesville, Va. ( - Just days after he was arrested for an online threat that closed Charlotetsville schools for two days, a 17-year old teen has plead guilty to making the threat.  The proceedings were handled in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

The 17-year old pled guilty to threatening to kill persons on school property and harassment by computer.  The threat allegedly mentioned "ethnic cleansing" and told white students to stay home.

Charlottesville Commonwealth's Attorney Joseph Platania released a statement following the plea: There is no evidence connecting the defendant to any white supremacist individuals or groups. During the execution of the search warrant, no weapons were recovered and no evidence was collected consistent with him planning to carry out any acts of violence. The investigation revealed that this young man’s sole motivation and intent was to seek attention and cause disruption within our community. He has no prior criminal record. After a review of the evidence, the background of the defendant, and the objectives sought by this prosecution, it was determined that the Juvenile Court was the appropriate forum to hold him accountable for his actions. "

Minority students staged a walkout Monday, saying the district needs to do more to denounce racism.