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Police thwart attempted terrorism against prom at Virginia Beach Town Center
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Two people were arrested for conspiring to commit a terrorist act during Bayside High School's prom at Virginia Beach Town Center over the weekend, Virginia Beach Police announced Monday.
At a press briefing, the chief of police said the department received a community tip on May 30 that some people not associated with the school were trying to purchase tickets to the school's prom at Westin Hotel Town Center, which took place from 6-10 p.m. Saturday.
As a result, the school and VBPD developed an enhanced security plan for the prom. The school division conducted internal security while the police department handled external security at the hotel and surrounding parking garages.
The student, a 17-year-old Virginia Beach boy, wanted to attend the prom. When police approached him, he ran and discarded a 9mm handgun in the process. Although he was not apprehended that night, authorities got information from social media for a search warrant of a hotel room.
Read more and watch video: https://wtkr.com/2018/06/11/two-arrested-for-conspiring-to-commit-terrorism-at-virginia-beach-town-center/