The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office has determined rumors of threats to Loudoun Schools on social media are not credible, the agency announced today.
According to the sheriff’s office, on Tuesday evening, a number of students began sharing a Snapchat screenshot indicating someone had made a threat toward schools in the Ashburn area. That screenshot did not include who had made the initial Snapchat post. As the post spread on social media, new schools were added to the screenshot as part of the threat.
Loudoun detectives interviewed several students who shared the post, identifying the student who originally posted the comments. Detectives determined the student heard that information from other students based on a previously rumored threat at Broad Run High School determined not credible earlier in the week.
The students appear to have passed along the rumor based on speculation around the date, Sept. 11, the anniversary of terrorist attacks in 2001.
The information in the original screenshot claimed there were threats by unnamed people who planned a shooting at Broad Run High School on Sept. 11 or Friday, Sept. 13. That information, the sheriff’s office now says, was a rumor and is not credible.