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Steubenville Schools Placed On Lockdown After Possible Threat On Twitter


UPDATED: Tuesday January 8, 2013 8:29 PM

Officials were investigating on Tuesday after a student reported reading a possible threat against the Steubenville City School District on Facebook.

According to a police report from Steubenville, district school buildings were placed under lockdown on Tuesday morning because of the possible threat.

A mother called police and reported that her son, a middle-schooler who was home sick, saw the threat on Facebook that originally was a Tweet.

According to police, the Tweet, from KnightSec, a group that associates itself with the “hacktavist” group Anonymous, stated that those who have not been charged in the high school rape case were to come to a certain location or “I am going to start killing people.”

The student said that he tried to access the posting again, but it was removed.  The student specified to police that the posting said the tweet said the group would “shoot up the schools,” if the “tweet kids” weren’t at a certain location.

Police said that they interviewed the student, who said that he saw the threat, and it was determined that the threat was not viable or verifiable.  Police said he told them there were no specifics given on the meet-up location or schools targeted.
 
“Well, first of all, we have to establish whether this is credible, whether this is really KnightSec,” said Steubenville Police Chief Bill McCafferty. “From my understanding, they don’t propose violence, they just do what they do. They’re not supposedly violent, which this is no joke.”
 
A number of agencies, such as the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Homeland Security, the Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Columbus Division of Police are assisting the Steubenville Police Department in sifting through the Internet to look for who posted the alleged threat.

The district’s lockdown was lifted after approximately 1 ½ hours.

School officials said that parents were notified via an automated messaging system about the lockdown.

The district’s superintendent said that because of the attention the district is receiving about the rape case involving two high school football payers, extra security guards will be stationed at all school doors until further notice.

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