Decatur Police question several people about possible involvement in social media threat made to schools

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DECATUR, Ala. - Decatur Police say they have questioned a number of people about possible involvement in a threat made toward Decatur City Schools.

Police took the people in to custody overnight, saying this was a threat that involved multiple social media posts that made reference to Decatur High School.

Police worked with Facebook and learned the posts originated from newly created accounts. The hackers used the names of people in the local area, but were created in a western state.

Police questioned the local people who were named. They have not been charged.  Decatur Police are coordinating their efforts with Decatur City Schools and say the investigation is ongoing.

Police say the threat contained "very disturbing information" but do not believe at this time it was credible.

"We want to assure you that The Decatur Police Department and the Decatur City schools take any and all safety concerns seriously and we are working together to get to the bottom of this issue as soon as possible," police said.

Investigators also urged people NOT to share the original post, if they have seen it.

"We continue to ask that you do not repost the original post via social media," police said. "This only creates additional and unnecessary concern for those who maybe unaware of the information you have received here. If you see what you believe is a new post or additional information that you believe is a help to this investigation please forward it via private message to this page or contact your local police department."

Superintendent of Decatur City Schools Ed Nichols thanked Decatur Police for their quick response to the situation, and goes on to say school will continue as scheduled with extra security.

"As always the safety of our teachers, staff and students is our first priority," says Nichols.

WHNT News 19 has acquired a screen grab of the threat.  We are choosing to follow the request by Decatur Police to not share the original post containing the threat.

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