Police: Social Media Threat Targeting Brooklyn High Schools Unfounded

Police believe it was an old, non-credible threat that resurfaced

Friday, Feb 28, 2014  |  Updated 6:43 AM EDT
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NYPD Boosts Security at 3 Brooklyn Schools After Threat

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NYPD Boosts Security at 3 Brooklyn Schools After Threat

Police don't believe the threat is credible but are stepping up security as a precaution. Ida Siegal reports
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Police investigating an apparent online threat targeting three Brooklyn high schools have determined the threat is not credible but plan to post extra officers at the school Friday out of an abundance of caution, they say. 

Authorities say parents heard about a social media post threatening a shooting at James Madison, Edward R. Murrow and Midwood high schools on Friday. Parents contacted the schools, and the schools in turn contacted police. 

Police determined the threats were not credible and believe it was an old, unfounded threat that resurfaced, police said. But out of an abundance of caution, patrol cars were being stationed at each of the schools Friday morning. 

Parents of students at Murrow High School say they received an automated phone message from the interim acting principal Thursday addressing the threat concerns and assuring that "all appropriate actions have been taken" to ensure student safety. 

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