Teen detained in threat to MHS

Hoax threat against school in Virginia worries parents, police in Methuen

Hoax threat against school in Virginia worries parents, police in Methuen

Around 8:53 p.m. on January 7, 2018, the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office dispatch center received numerous calls from concerned parents regarding a perceived threat made towards the McKinleyville High School. "Students", followed by, "Loaded up bout to head out".

Authorities say they contacted the School District of Lancaster and city officials and began investigating the image.

But parents and students at Massena High School thought it could be their school. "We believe this is a viral hoax; however, our local police department is aware of it", the post said.

Milton Hershey School officials tweeted they found "no link" to the school. That follows "a lot of calls" to the police department inquiring about the threat.

It prompted schools and police in at least eight states to respond to concerns about safety on their MHS campuses. It turns out that's Monticello High School in Virginia.

The Albemarle County Police Department has obtained a petition to charge the juvenile suspect identified in Sunday's social media hoax with threats to commit serious bodily harm to persons on school property (Section 18.2-60 (A) (2) of the Code of Virginia).

He added in an interview with The Eagle-Tribune: "I've never ever seen that many messages come in, so I think all the education we're doing is working".

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