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Two 8th graders charged for reporting fake school shooting threat

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Posted at 12:24 PM, Dec 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-07 12:24:26-05

Two 8th grade students at Aberdeen Middle School have been charged after falsely reporting a school shooting threat. 

On Monday, a parent contacted Aberdeen Middle School saying they saw a social media post warning students not to go to school the following day because of a threat made by a student to shoot up the school. 

After an investigation, police discovered the threat was not credible. It was determined the person called out in the social media post for making the threat never actually threatened to shoot up the school. 

Two 8th graders were then charged and referred to Juvenile Services. One is being charged with False Statement to a Peace Officer and the other with Disturbing School Operations.  

The Aberdeen Police Department sent the following statement about the incident:

The Aberdeen Police Department encourages students and parents to report threats of violence to our children and schools, as safety is our main concern, however at the same time, false reports or the posting/reposting threats on social media will not be tolerated.