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Social Media Threat
On 10-11-2017 the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) notified the Charlottesville Police Department that they had received information from a post made on a social media message board expressing discontent with recent events in Charlottesville. The person(s) who posted the message also referenced the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas and expressed their admiration of the shooter. They went on to say that Charlottesville, in particular, schools within the city, should be the next target.
At this time there is no information on the identity of the person(s) who posted the message. City officers have been posted at all of the city’s schools and at many of the private schools.
Our department is coordinating with Charlottesville City School and Private School Administration in regards to these threats. As part of these efforts, Charlottesville City Schools are currently on a modified lockdown.