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Malden, Methuen police say schools face no threat from Virginia social media post

A social media post threatening violence against a Virginia high school was circulating among students at two Massachusetts high schools Sunday night, but police said there is no threat to local schools.

Malden police retweeted a post from police in Albermarle County, Virginia, about a potential threat at Monticello High.

The post, which appears to be a Snapchat photo, shows a collection of at least seven guns with the captions “Don’t go to school tomorrow @MHS. [sic] Students” and “Loaded up bout [sic] to head out.”

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The reference to “MHS” apparently caught the attention of students in Malden and Methuen.

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Malden police issued a tweet to clarify that the threat was “against Monticello High School (MHS) . . . . No link to Malden, Ma.”

Methuen police issued a statement saying they were made aware of the post, but said there was no threat to that city’s high school.

“Police have determined that the social media post originated elsewhere and was not connected to Methuen High School in any way,” the statement said.

The school will be open as scheduled on Monday, police said.

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Abigail Feldman can be reached at abigail.feldman@globe.com.