Update: Sept. 11, 11:31 a.m.
Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office authorities say they have concluded the investigation into rumored threats on social media toward local schools and that the threat is not credible.
"On Tuesday evening, a number of students began sharing a screenshot of a Snapchat reporting third-party information of a threat of a shooting towards schools in the Ashburn area," the sheriff's office statement reads. "The screenshot did not contain information regarding who made the initial Snapchat post. Throughout the evening, as the post was shared on social media, new schools were added to the Snapchat screenshot to be part of the threat."
The message continued, "Detectives with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office began following-up with several students who shared the post, conducted numerous interviews, and with information from the community, they were able to identify the student who originally posted the comments. It appears at this time the student heard the information from other students based off a previously rumored threat at Broad Run High School. That threat was determined to be non-credible earlier this week."
The sheriff's office also requested that parents and students to refrain from posting rumors or speculation on social media.
“If you receive or hear of information of a potential safety concern or threat to our schools, call 9-1-1 or advise a school administrator or trusted adult,” a sheriff's office statement reads.
Original post: Sept. 11, 8:01 a.m.
The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office says it is investigating a Snapchat screenshot with rumored threats against Loudoun County schools, but the agency says the threats do not appear to be credible.
On Tuesday night, according to the sheriff's office, new schools were added to the Snapchat screenshot to be part of the threat of a shooting. Authorities say the new threats only referenced third-party information.
LCSO officials say they have found no evidence that lends credibility to the threats, but the screenshot is possibly related to a rumored threat at Broad Run High School earlier this week. That threat was determined to be non-credible.
Out of an abundance of caution, authorities said parents can expect extra patrols from LCSO during school hours on Wednesday.
"Please be assured that the LCSO and Loudoun County Public Schools take all threats seriously and we will thoroughly investigate any threats made against our schools and our children," the sheriff's office said in a statement.
Some local parents have said they will be keeping their kids home from school on Wednesday due to the threats.
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