Charlottesville schools on modified lockdown following social media threat

Published: Oct. 11, 2017 at 10:42 AM EDT
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All schools within the Charlottesville City Schools division are on a modified lockdown following a threat on social media.

According to the Charlottesville Police Department, local officials were notified by the FBI about information from a post made on a social media message board that expressed discontent with recent events in Charlottesville.

Police say the person or persons who posted the message also referenced the deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas and said they admired the shooter.

The post then went on to say that Charlottesville, specifically schools within the city, should be the next target.

In a message to parents, a city schools spokesperson says the post specifically addressed warrants that have been

, who is facing a felony charge in connection with an assault that occurred on Aug. 12 during the Unite the Right rally that devolved into violence.

At this time, there is no information on the identity of the poster, and police officers have been posted at all city schools and many of the area's private schools.

The Charlottesville Police Department is working with Charlottesville City Schools and Private School Administration with regard to the threat.

A modified lockdown means classes continue as normal and all students stay within school, but no person is allowed to enter or leave the building.

The lockdown does not apply to schools in Albemarle County.