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Police: Aberdeen school social media threat not 'credible'

Aberdeen police vehicle (file)
Aberdeen Police Department
Aberdeen police vehicle (file)

Authorities in Aberdeen say a social media post threatening a school shooting is not "credible," and is likely related to widespread hoax threats across the country.

Aberdeen police say they received several calls about the threatening post Thursday night.

"The investigation is still ongoing, but at this time there does not appear to be any credible threat to our local school system," a statement from the police department said.

Police will have an increased presence at Aberdeen area schools Friday as a "precautionary measure."

Similar hoax threats have been reported at schools across the country recently, including in Minnesota, Floridaand Utah.

Josh Chilson is the news director at South Dakota Public Broadcasting. A Florence, S.D. native, Josh graduated with a journalism degree from South Dakota State University. He has worked as a newspaper reporter and videographer, and most recently as managing editor for Dakota News Now. Josh is based out of SDPB's Sioux Falls studio.