D.C. high school increases security after online threat

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Northwest High School in D.C. increased police presence at the school after reports of a social media threat directed at students was posted online, says the school’s principle Jimmy D’Andrea.

D’Andrea sent out a message to parents and guardians Friday morning alerting them of a social media threat directed toward Northwest High School warning students not come to school today.

A student initially saw the threat online and reported it to police, officials say.

“Safety and security is our absolute top priority, and I am very proud of the student who made the call to the police this morning,” said D’Andrea.

Police investigated the situation and did not have any credible information to support the validity of the threat.

The source of the social media threat was determined and taken into custody, says D’Andrea.

In a follow-up message to parents, D’Andrea said that 650 parents came to the school before 11:00 a.m. to pick up their children. He also said all absences Friday will be marked as excused.

D’Andrea encourages parents to talk to their children about being responsible with their social media posts.