Sep 22, 2016 10:55 PM

A lot of empty chairs at Alverine High after a reported threat goes viral

HUDSON - Reports of a post on social media spiraled out of control and prompted many parents to keep their kids home.

"We became aware a possible safety concern up at the high school," said Chief Jason Lavoie of the Hudson Police Department.

The police department becoming involved in the early stages of the investigation. School officials say they got a number of phone calls from concerned parents late last night.

"The police department became inundated with people coming in to the police department, making phone calls. Our emails and phones were inundated." said Superintendent of Hudson Schools Phyllis Schlichter.

School officials say there were threads of information on Twitter, Snapchat and Facebook that indicated a student could bring harm to Alverine High School. All of it being false accusations causing social media to spiral out of control.

"There was no postings online about any safety concerns either, about that people would be in danger either," said Chief Lavoie.

"The viral explosion of this social media event had taken on a life of its own." Said Schlichter.

The "social media event" prompted school officials to send out automated phone calls, emails, and text messages to let parents know of the police-involved investigation.

"We were also at the school this morning to help alleviate any fears parents, staff, or the students might have." said Chief Lavoie.

School officials say students were never in any danger and urge them to say something if they see something.


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