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Schools in Charlottesville, Va., closed Thursday after being made aware of an anonymous online post threatening an “ethnic cleansing” in the form of a shooting at Charlottesville High School.
The Charlottesville City School District closed all schools for the day after police received an email on Wednesday from a “concerned citizen” regarding the possible threat, according to a police statement.
The post threatened an “ethnic cleansing” at the school the next day and allegedly encouraged white students to stay home from school, according to The Daily Progress.
The article goes on to state the following:
The original threat was reportedly posted on the site 4chan and 8chan, and a screenshot of the post later circulated on Reddit, according to the newspaper. Investigators are working to identify the original poster, who claims to be a Charlottesville student, the paper reported.
PRESS RELEASE: Detectives Investigating Online Threat Against Charlottesville High School. Anyone with information is asked to call CPD at (434) 970-3280 or CrimeStoppers at (434) 977-4000. pic.twitter.com/IH34ENBbdE
— Charlottesville Police Department (@cvillepolice) March 20, 2019
We are urging anyone with information about this threat to call police. You can remain anonymous by calling CrimeStoppers at 977-4000. https://t.co/33aRcZVuJm
— Charlottesville Police Department (@cvillepolice) March 21, 2019
Cville Schools: Police are still investigating internet threat. Since safety is our top priority, all Cville Schools will be closed Thursday, 3/21. See phone/email for details.
— Cville City Schools (@CvilleSchools) March 21, 2019
Charlottesville police are still working to determine whether or not an online threat that closed Charlottesville schools and prompted an increased police presence at Albemarle schools is credible. https://t.co/mJAFdubfVF
— The Daily Progress (@DailyProgress) March 21, 2019
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