MySpace Used to Prevent School Shooting

Posted on April 22, 2006

CNN is reporting that MySpace was used by police to prevent another Columbine type of school shooting. Police were alerted after a threatening message was found on MySpace.
The message discussed the significance of April 20, which is Adolf Hitler's birthday and the anniversary of the 1999 Columbine High School attack in Colorado, in which two students wearing trench coats killed 13 people and committed suicide, the sheriff said.

"The message, it was brief, but it stated that there was going to be a shooting at the Riverton school and that people should wear bulletproof vests and flak jackets," Norman said.

School officials identified the student who posted the message and talked to several of his friends, Norman said.

But Riverton school district Superintendent David Walters said the significance of the threat didn't become clear until Wednesday night, after a woman in North Carolina who had chatted with one of the suspects on Myspace.com received more specific information that there would be about a dozen potential victims, at least one of whom was a staff member. She notified authorities in her state, who contacted the sheriff's department, Norman said.
CNN says MySpace.com declined to comment on the news but released a statement that said they provide users with "mechanisms to report inappropriate content." It is a good thing police and school officials followed up on the lead.

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