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CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) -- Chesterfield police charged two students for two incidents that happened Thursday at Cosby High School.

"At about 8:38 a.m., the school resource officer was alerted to a potentially threatening message that had been written on a wall. A 16-year-old male was charged with vandalism and disorderly conduct in relation to writing the message," Chesterfield Police wrote in an email.

Additionally, police were notified around 10:45 a.m about a note written by a student that contained a threat to bomb the school.

David N. Maione, 18, was charged with threatening to bomb or damage a public building — a Class 5 felony — in relation to writing the note."

The following message was sent to home to parents from Cosby High School Principal Brenda Mayo in the wake of Thursday's events:

"I’m calling/writing to thank parents for working with the Cosby High staff today. For the most part, teachers and students were focused today on preparing for state SOLs and other end-of-the-year work.

I’m also calling/writing to request your assistance. In a time of heightened sensitivity, comments made in jest are being taken seriously by local law enforcement and school administrators. Two students learned that today and face legal consequences for pranks that occurred and/or comments made during the school day. These disruptions will not be tolerated, and these students now face serious legal consequences and school disciplinary measures."

Some parents decided to pick their children up early from Cosby High School in Chesterfield Thursday morning after a new "Justice for Cal" message was discovered in a school bathroom.

The message read "Justice for Cal starts at 12:30."

Justice for Cal new

Police increased their presence around the high school, according to sources with knowledge of the situation. The school was not placed on lock down, according to Chesterfield Schools spokesman Shawn Smith.

Concern over the "Justice for Cal" message began spreading through the Cosby community over the weekend when the message “Justice for Cal starts 5/1/14" first appeared near a Hampton Park tunnel where former Cosby student Cal Reilly killed himself last year.

Cosby Concern Collage

Some people who saw the message near the tunnel viewed it as a threat. A woman who claimed she wrote the original message said that was not the case.

“My message was 'Justice For Cal,' which is taking something that was wrong and setting it right," the woman who wished to remain anonymous told CBS 6 reporter Melissa Hipolit“It’s not about hurting people or bombs or guns or people being afraid to go to school.”

She said it was part of a marketing plan to sell shirts that raised money for suicide prevention.


  • Concerned Resident

    What is she???!!!…an idiot?! Obviously you don’t display a message like that and not expect people to view it as a threat. She needs a new job…and not in marketing!!!!!!!

    • Emily

      parents and friends claiming that he was bullied throughout his time in chesterfield county public schools and nothing was done to prevent such things. As well as claiming that the Cosby High School community did not do enough to recognize his tragic death.

  • manalishi

    James, I’m guessing whoever is seeking justice thinks they know why the person committed suicide therefore they will get revenge for them (i.e. bullying or someone who may have been blackmailing)

  • SicSember

    Maam, you’re an idiot. And shame on her for now hiding. She should be charged with whatever crimes apply here (defamation of property, etc.) to the fullest extent. And how disrespectful to do this money making promo or whatever at the site of this kids death. She should get thirty days in jail for just being stupid, insensitive, and disrespectful.

    • Mark

      Sic, if you are giving out prison time for stupid, insensitive, and disrespectful, then manalishi should be given life without parole.

  • johna

    get over it.its a message and meant to get attention which it has.stop feeding the trolls and they will starve.like obamas policy’s

    • K

      Um what the hell does this have to do with anything? And I certainly hope your “teacher daughter” (is that like “baby daddy”) isn’t an English teacher.

  • troy

    really macon.does she get pregnant during the school year and constantly complain about money ?

  • Johnnie G

    Young and stupid..give them community service and do not ruin their lives with a felony.

    • sw

      Where is that line that can’t be crossed Johnnie? Threatening to bomb a school is beyond young and dumb. The reason this country has so many people who don’t think twice about their actions or hurting people are due to fact that they go through life doing as they wish and only getting a slap on the wrist when they get caught. No one is going to change when there are no consequences.

  • Lt. Dan

    The woman they interviewed is clearly Darci, Cal’s speed freak mother. Do not trust her with anything of value, ever. Actually, just don’t trust her period.

    • sw

      I had my suspicions of her or the stepmother. If she did she is truly only hurting her sons memory. I do not believe this was ever really about bullying but more about the tug of war between the parents.

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