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Confusion spread after threats on social media in Knox County

The Knox County Sheriff's Department is putting a school threat to rest. That's after a social media post went viral.

Posted: Feb. 20, 2018 6:50 PM
Updated: Feb. 20, 2018 6:51 PM

KNOX COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) - The Knox County Sheriff's Department is putting a school threat to rest. That's after a social media post went viral. 

According to the post, students in the county were being threatened with violence. A Knox County, Indiana school resource officer notified the sheriff's department about a threat posted to social media. 

Mike Morris, Knox County Sheriff, said he didn't think twice when he read the post. "Let's go to work and let's find this guy," he said. The Knox County Sheriff's Department started investigating threats against the county schools system on social media. It all happened Saturday night. 

The post was made to a snapchat account. It says, "Be ready Knox County, I'm going to have a 30 kill streak and more. It will happen soon and if you cancel school I'll wait till there is school. I'm getting revenge."

Morris says the department is still receiving non-stop phone calls. "Everybody wants to be reassured that it's not us," he said. 

He says parents are worried and expressing concerns for their children's safety.

"There are multiple Knox counties, but we can't take the chance not to react," Morris said. 

After investigating, Morris says they were able to determine the individual who made the post is from Knox County, Kentucky. He says he let people know it was a false alarm. But, he says a situation like this one has to be taken seriously. 

"You anticipate the threat is being a live situation," Morris said. "And, our job is to eliminate the threat as fast as we can," Morris said. 

Morris says this is today's reality.

"Unfortunately, about everything we deal with right now involves social media or some type of electronics," he said. "It could be the world's strongest person in a matter of seconds by just sending a send button."

Morris says if you see something, say something.

"The citizens are our eyes and ears," he said. "We can't see it all."

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