Millville police respond to school threat concerns
MILLVILLE – A threatening message circulating on social media that mentions “MHS” is not referring to Millville’s high school, authorities say.
Millville police released a statement Sunday night saying there’s no reason for city parents to worry. That follows “a lot of calls” to the police department inquiring about the threat.
“We have received no specific threats toward any school in our city,” the police department said in a Facebook post. “Please pass this along to calm the many parents in our city.”
Millville police Chief Jody Farabella and fire Chief Michael Lippincott read to children and took their questions at the Public Library on Thursday. Joseph P. Smith
Millville police said the “MHS” referred to in the social media post isn’t Millville High School – it’s Monticello High School in Charlottesville, Va.
According to NBC29 in Charlottesville, the threat occurred in a Snapchat post depicting several guns and the messages “Don’t go to school tomorrow @MHS. Students” and “Loaded up bout head out.”
The Albemarle County Police Department in Virginia released a statement Sunday night saying it has determined the post is a hoax and no longer considered a valid threat.
A juvenile who made the post has been detained and charges are pending, Albemarle police said.