How many days has it been since the New Zealand shooting?
Courtesy of Richmond Times-Dispatch:
The Charlottesville Police Department arrested a 17-year-old male at 6 a.m. on one felony count of making threats to a school and a misdemeanor charge of harassment by computer, according to a news release.
It’s unclear where the male was arrested, but Albemarle County police were cited in the city release as assisting with the investigation. Charlottesville police will hold a press conference this afternoon about the arrest.
“The Albemarle County Police Department is committed to pursuing criminal charges against those who choose to take to social media and threaten to carry out acts of violence against our community,” the department said in a press release.
Police have not confirmed the subject of the investigation at CHS, but a screenshot of a threatening post from a separate online forum appeared Wednesday on Reddit.
The post threatened an ethnic cleansing in the form of a school shooting and told white students at CHS to stay home. The person who posted the threat claimed to be a Charlottesville student.
A city schools spokeswoman has acknowledged that the threat was “racially charged.” The press release said the post contained “biased-based language targeting specific ethnic groups.”
According to the Reddit post, the screenshot came from the message boards 4chan and 8chan, parts of which are frequented by white supremacists. The sites were banned in New Zealand in the wake of last week’s mosque shootings for hosting video of the massacre.
The article mentions another student who made a similar threat that the police are trying to determine if they are connected.
Gee, I just have no idea who could be inspiring all of these white supremacist ideas and racial hatred in this country.
Hang on, it will come to me.