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Atlanta Public Schools placed on high alert after social media threat

The FBI is investigating a 'very non-specific threat' and is not confirming a threat against an Atlanta Public School.
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ATLANTA — Atlanta Public School officials said they are placing their schools on high alert after they were informed by police of a non-specific social media threat on Monday.

"Atlanta Public Schools (APS) has been advised by the Atlanta Police Department (APD) Homeland Security that the FBI is investigating a non-specific social media threat against a school in Atlanta. Although this threat is not specific to APS, we take it very seriously and have placed our schools on high alert," APS spokesman Ian Smith said in a statement Monday morning. "The APS Police Department is working in coordination with APD and the FBI on the investigation. Our schools will observe normal operations today, and the safety and security of our students and staff remains our top priority."

The FBI says they are investigating an unspecified social media threat.

"We are aware of the situation and are looking into a very non-specific threat," said FBI spokesperson Kevin Rowson in a statement to 11Alive News. "We look into tips like this on a regular basis. As always, the FBI asks members of the public to maintain awareness and to report any suspicious activity to law enforcement."

Rowson emphasized that the FBI was not confirming a threat against an Atlanta public school.