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Threatening social media post puts parents, teachers, students on high alert


A threatening social media post that had parents and teachers on high alert in Albemarle County on Monday is now having national implications.

The post threatening a shooting at Monticello High School was a hoax, according to NBC affiliate WVIR. However, because of the power of social media, the exact post put schools across the country on alert.

The post featured several long guns with the text, "Don't go to school tomorrow @MHS students... loaded up, bout to head out."

According to WVIR, because of social media, the post spread, stirring up fear in parents and students at any school with the initials MHS. 

School systems from Monticello, New York to Monroe, North Carolina responded to concerns from parents in their communities. 

In Lancaster, Pennsylvania, the district alerted parents to additional police presence because of the viral hoax.

Albermarle police arrested a teenager who posted the hoax and charges are pending.

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