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Schools, police handle social media threats

Posted at 11:20 PM, Nov 04, 2015

Virginia Beach, Va. - Jakie Gonzalez says she saw a threat against Salem Middle School on Instagram.

"I was terrified," she said. "I didn't really want to come to school."

Still, the eighth grader braved going in on Wednesday. More police officers were at the school, but the threat was found to be not credible.

These types of social media threats are popping up around the country, including here in Hampton Roads.

Virginia Beach police say they take every threat seriously and they want students or parents to report the threats to them.

Officers checked into the threat at Salem and the administration called parents.

"After the principal called and told us there was extra presence, we felt comfortable with the children being there," said Naim Muhammad, a parent.

Officers say the first step is to determine where the threat is coming from to determine if it is credible, but they wouldn't explain exactly how they do that.

"These days, you just can't be sure. You can't take anything lightly. You got to take it seriously every time you see something like that," said Alex Long, a parent.

Heritage High School in Newport News saw a similar threat last month. Students had to walk through a metal detector that day.