Arrest Made After Online Threat to Ashburn Middle School

An 18-year-old from Fairfax County was arrested Tuesday evening after he posted a threat involving an Ashburn middle school on social media.

Shane D. Lucas is charged with threats of bodily injury or death to persons on school property, a Class 6 felony. 

On Dec. 7, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office learned of a social media post that included a photo of a firearm and threatening statements toward Farmwell Station Middle School. The individual who posted the message was identified by detectives and located at his residence in Fairfax. During the investigation, it was determined the photo of the firearm used in the post had been pulled from the internet. No firearms were found in the house.

After learning of the threat Tuesday morning, Farmwell Station Middle School staff and Loudoun County Public School Safety and Security restricted entrance to the school, and additional members of the Sheriff’s Office’s School Resource Officer Unit were assigned to the campus.

Lucas was held without bond at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center. 

5 thoughts on “Arrest Made After Online Threat to Ashburn Middle School

  • 2021-12-08 at 9:33 am

    Well done, LCSO.

    I encourage everyone to carefully watch the CA’s handling of this matter.

    • 2021-12-08 at 5:37 pm

      Do you know how we can watch what the Commonwealth Attorney does in this case? Is there a public site that we can go to?

  • 2021-12-08 at 9:47 am

    Very upsetting to read about this alleged crime. Why would anyone want to disturb innocent middle-school students? LCPS has had its share of problems lately. But this, too, shall pass. Happy Holidays Loudoun!

    • 2021-12-08 at 5:35 pm

      There are a large number of socially maladjusted people who don’t receive the help they need, and there is the element of copy-catting. Just today there was a person who drove his car through a Christmas parade being held in Alabama.

  • 2021-12-08 at 11:15 am

    This is the second time in a few weeks that someone from outside the county has been involved in a threat against Loudoun County schools. Security for schools ought to be a very high priority but they seem more interested in pronouns and kiddie porn in libraries than actually securing schools.

    The whole school board and Ziegler need to do the right thing and resign. We need to find some adults to run the school board. This is what happens when we don’t pay attention at the polls.

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