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'Harmless' social media post causes a stir at Rochester school

A social media post that caused a stir at John Marshall High School was “blown out of proportion,” according to police.

Posted: Sep. 27, 2018 10:17 AM
Updated: Sep. 27, 2018 6:22 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn. – A social media post that caused a stir at John Marshall High School was “blown out of proportion,” according to police.
Rochester Police said Thursday there was no threat to the school after a student made a Snapchat post about “haters and karma.”
The screenshot began circulating and sparked comments from people saying the student was going to “shoot up the school” and “he was arrested at school with a gun today,” police said.
Cpt. John Sherwin with Rochester police said the response was an instance of a harmless post being blown out of proportion.
“I feel really bad for this kid,” Sherwin said.
John Marshall released the following statement on social media.
“Yesterday, John Marshall Administration learned of a non-specific threat made on social media toward unnamed students in the John Marshall community. JM Administration, along with the Rochester Police Department, investigated the threat, identified the person responsible, and determined it to be non-credible. During the evening hours, we understand the original social media statement has been reposted by others in the community. The safety of our students and staff is our top priority.”

John Marshall school liaison officer Officer Greg Marx tells KIMT that the Rochester Public School resource officers are working on developing an educational presentation for students to learn more about their actions on social media. "Inform them as to how dangerous it can be just to pass along a post and add their own context to it, or even just passing along a post... because if they stopped it 2, 3, 4 times before then, there's probably not a chance we'd ever got to this point today," he explains.

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