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New Albany Police investigate alleged school shooting threat

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - New Albany Police are investigating the threat of a shooting posted online Sunday. The posts referenced a potential shooting at New Albany High School on Monday morning.

The posts, reviewed by WDRB News, purportedly from a student at the school, talk about "slaughtering" students and references bullying aimed at the alleged poster.

New Albany Police Chief Todd Bailey told WDRB News that officers were made aware of the posts Sunday morning and continue to investigate.

He said there is no viable threat and no public safety concerns right now.

"Through our investigation we've determined that the threat itself has no validity," Bailey said when asked why the threat was not considered credible. "Beyond that, I will not comment any further on the investigation." 

Bailey would not say if investigators have made contact with the poster or if the person behind it is a student, citing an open investigation.

Concerned parents and others continue to post copies of the alleged threats as they appear on Facebook and other social media sites.

"I'm scared," parent Amelia Rodriguez said about the posts."I mean, I'm afraid to send my kids to school."

A phone message went out to all New Albany-Floyd County School Corporation parents Sunday evening from Assistant Superintendent Bill Briscoe and Police Chief Todd Bailey. 

The message said police and school officials have been investigating and don't think it is a viable threat.

Briscoe added that if parents decide to keep their child home from school on Monday, it will not be held against the child's attendance record and they will be able to make up the work.

The city of New Albany posted a response to the threats on Facebook:

The New Albany Police Department and New Albany-Floyd County School Corporation are jointly investigating threats posted on social media date 4-5-15. We believe there to be NO VIABLE THREATS to public safety regarding this matter. The School Corporation, NAPD, and New Albany Mayor Jeff Gahan's Office will continue to closely monitor this situation.

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