Charlottesville schools locked down over internet warning

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Schools in Charlottesville, Va., are on lockdown Wednesday morning after FBI officials warned local police about an online threat targeting the school system.

A press release from Charlottesville police first reported by local NBC affiliate WVIR states that FBI officials notified local police about a post made on a “social media message board” expressing support for Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock and indicating a desire to see a similar attack in Charlottesville.

“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,” a press release from Charlottesville police reads.

{mosads}”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.”

The release goes on to say that police currently do not have any information on the identity of the poster who made the threatening comment and adds that police officers have been stationed at every public school and “many” of the private schools in the city.

A note sent from Charlottesville City Schools to parents of children affected by the lockdown states that students will remain indoors and “will have adult or police supervision when they need to go outside.”

The threat comes just days after white supremacists returned to the city for another rally after one in August ended in violence. One person was killed and dozens more were injured on Aug. 12 when a man who police say has white supremacist ties drove a car into a crowd of counterprotesters.

President Trump caused a national controversy in the days after the August rally in Charlottesville when he blamed “many sides” for the violence.

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