Increased law enforcement presence expected at Valley schools on Friday

Published: Feb. 15, 2018 at 9:50 PM EST
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Officials in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County announced there will be an increased law enforcement presence at area schools on Friday after a social media threat went viral.

"A SnapChat post threatening to continue the horrific incident in Florida has been circulating on the internet. We took the threat very seriously. Police were notified immediately. The individual who created the Snapchat post was arrested and was not a local individual. The threat was never targeted to any of our schools," said Dr. Scott Kizner, the superintendent of Harrisonburg City Public Schools in a statement.

The post in question was of a high school-age man with a firearm, along with a caption referencing the shooting in Florida.

Around 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, the Harrisonburg Police Department Major Crimes Unit was in contact with a law enforcement agency in South Carolina, where the person believed to be responsible for the post was taken into custody.

Additional officers will be present in Harrisonburg schools, and the department encourages parents, students, and staff to always report any potential threat you see.

In a similar statement, Rockingham County Public Schools superintendent said Rockingham County Sheriff's Office deputies will be increase their presence at schools on Friday

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