Teen accused of using social media to threaten school shooting

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RICHMOND, Ky. (WTVQ)- A teenager is in custody after law enforcement officials say he posted a threat on social media that he was planning to shoot students at his school.

Law enforcement officials say they believe a student was behind a threat posted on Instagram early Monday saying there would be a shooting at Madison Central High School in Richmond sometime this week.

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Investigators say the student was taken into custody during classes Monday.

They say he has yet to be charged with any crime but say they believe he is the one who posted an anonymous threat on Instagram around 2:00 a.m. Monday.

School officials chose to hold classes as scheduled, but did have an increased police presence on campus all day.

Law enforcement officials say they take all threats of this nature very seriously.

“You know the time that we live in, threats like these can’t be made. It’s not a joke. We don’t find it funny. We will investigate it thoroughly until we determine exactly who makes those threats and fortunately today within a couple of hours we were able to make that determination,” said Trooper Robert Purdy with Kentucky State Police.

Investigators say they think the teen posted the threat on his own and they don’t believe the school was or is in any additional danger.