Threat to 2 Virginia Middle Schools on Social Media Prompts Investigation

Northern Virginia authorities are investigating a social media post threatening two middle schools.

The Stafford County Sheriff's Office said on Twitter Sunday that the post threatened T. Benton Gayle Middle School in Stafford County and Thornburg Middle School in Spotsylvania County.

A spokeswoman for the sheriff's office said the post included a picture of a handgun and a threat to shoot up or cause harm at the schools, WTOP reports.

Detectives are working with Spotsylvania County authorities to get to the bottom of the threat, the spokeswoman told WTOP.

Stafford County Public Schools said it was aware of the threat made to Gayle Middle School and the sheriff's office would provide extra security to the school.

Students and teachers at Stafford County Public Schools do not have school on Monday for the President's Day holiday.

Students will attend classes at Spotsylvania County Public Schools on Monday and the school system said in a statement that there would be more deputies at Thornburg Middle School. 

"Spotsylvania County Public Schools takes these situations very seriously. School administration immediately contacted the Sheriff’s Office and an investigation was launched to determine the individual responsible and nature of this post," read part of the statement.

No further information was immediately available.

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