Alleged social media threat involves Alexander

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ALBANY — At no time was there an immediate threat to students or staff of Alexander Local Schools, according the Athens County Sheriff’s Office with regard to an alleged social media threat earlier this week.

A news release from Athens County Sheriff Rodney Smith on Tuesday stated that the sheriff’s office was contacted by Alexander Supt. Lindy Douglas, on Monday, after she had been made aware that someone had allegedly created a fake Instagram account which identified Alexander Local in a post. The post reportedly stated “Watch_Out_Alexander_and students should wear red to school.”

While there was no specific threat, according to the release, precautions were put in place until the students who were followers of the newly created account could be spoken with by administrators.

On Tuesday, Alexander administrators spoke with several students and the sheriff’s office was at the school during the morning hours until the school completed its investigation.

The case has reportedly been resolved with the officials determining who they believe initiated the fake account. Charges are expected to be filed in Athens County Juvenile Court. The school will handle discipline internally as well.

Editor’s note: Although the majority of Alexander Local School District in located in Athens County, a portion of the district is in Meigs County, therefore some Meigs County residents attending Alexander Local Schools.

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