Sheriff’s Office Finds Snapchat School Threat ‘Non-Credible’

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.

2 thoughts on “Sheriff’s Office Finds Snapchat School Threat ‘Non-Credible’

  • 2019-09-11 at 5:26 pm
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    I have a concern that people will start to use this kind of “see something, say something” to bring chaos to our communities. As a child, I saw something like this almost every year for a couple of years in the midst of heightened terrorists threats in Europe.

    I hope the LCSO has a good way to vet these threats otherwise it will play havoc with our daily lives.

  • 2019-09-11 at 6:02 pm
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    This rumor circulated for hours and panicked many students and parents before there was ANY communication from LCPS or LCSD. Having learned very little from earlier incidents, apparently, it begs the question of what the board of supervisors is doing to hold both of these organizations responsible for implementing more timely and proactive communications with parents and students? (I’d add the school board, but what can they really do with their rubber stamp?)

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