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October 4, 2017

Online threats at Liberty High School investigated

One of the screen shots from chat group.
The Fauquier sheriff’s office Monday launched an investigation of threats allegedly involving Liberty High School students.

Posted in an online gaming application under the hashtag “operation will to kill,” the comments suggest an unnamed student has one month to live.

One of the comments included a photo of an assault rifle.

The sheriff’s office issued this statement Wednesday night:

“The Sheriffs Office is aware of an incident concerning Liberty High School. FCSO is conducting an investigation in conjunction with the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office and Public Schools Division regarding perceived threats posted by minors in a private chat made public by a third party via Facebook.

“This incident is under active investigation and we would like to thank those who shared information with us via social media. 

“FCSO and the school division have taken steps to ensure the safety of all involved. More information concerning this incident will be made available at a later date.”


The Facebook posts included screen shots of the online chat.

The school sent this message to parents Wednesday afternoon:

“Many parents have responsibly alerted school staff to the Facebook posts earlier today of a private group chat that took place last week.

“These posts have been investigated by the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office and Liberty High School administration. These posts were taken from a private chat between minors, not meant to be shared publicly, and posted by a third party to Facebook.

“While the content is disturbing, together the Fauquier County School Resource Officer and LHS administration have taken actions to ensure the safety of all parties involved.”


Sgt. James Hartman said the sheriff’s office will provide additional information Thursday.

Fox 5 DC TV broadcast this report Wednesday night:


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BJ · October 6, 2017 at 8:09 pm
Rufio - Agreed. Could it be a combination of factors? What is your answer to the problem? I smoked a little weed back in the 70's but didn't become an addict. Why not me when others never stopped? I feel it is because I realized it wasn't who I wanted or needed to be to be happy. Stop following the crowd, or the trend, or whatever is "hot" right now. It's all fleeting nonsense that will get you nowhere. Sending these kids to jail isn't the answer however many people are clamoring for them to be locked up. Blaine Johnson
Rufio · October 6, 2017 at 11:58 am
BJ - They don't use paintball as civilians do. The weapons they use are call milsim, and use a bullet shaped round and a cartridge similar to an actual bullet. The pain is far worse than a regular paintball, and the gear required is much more substantial in order to prevent injury. To blame people's motives on anything other than those individuals is removing their agency to have made those decisions. If you think that young adults have an issue separating fiction from reality, then you should look further than just video games and movies. What books are they reading? What art are they looking at? Fiction outside of violence could be just as harmful. No, I think this is not the issue. What it is specifically? Hard to say. But I know plenty of adults who grew up in the same time I did, playing the same kinds of "violent games", playing paintball and other various activities that have turned out just fine, and are productive adults now.
Wellitsthetruth · October 5, 2017 at 2:11 pm
>My point in bringing up PaintBall and other games that simulate violence is to consider that the GAMES the kids are being exposed to may be a catalyst to imagining going further then their computers, etc. More outside activities would get them away from those computers, yet you have seen the movies being put out, again showing violence in most cases.

Thats for parents to decide and control what their kids are doing and watching, the rest of us aren't there to do that for them. If people constantly pay attention to their kids and use the technology to their advantage in showing them how these movies, video games, music aren't real life and how they aren't how people should act in real life. It doesn't take a technological genius to monitor every thing done on a computer. Cell Phones are a bit harder but that's why parents need to instill the proper values in their kids and have a proper relationship that they can communicate if something is off.

Parents need to monitor there own children's maturity on what they should be watching and doing.

People need to stop blaming movies, video games, music and everything like that for comments and violence from teenagers etc. I'd bet 90% of people these days were exposed to the same things they were with video games/music/movies (or possibly worse, in real life) at some point while they were going up, and they aren't making these kinda statements or taking violent action. It's all about how mature the person is and how they understand that the actions depicted about in movies, music and video games AREN'T REAL.

"Yet, very commonly, after young males commit high-profile acts of violence, politicians and news media may speculatively “link” such crimes to violent video games or other violent media. Such claims are not based on research evidence and these claims may distract society from more substantive causes of violence, such as poverty, lack of treatment options for mental health as well as crime victimization among the mentally ill, and educational and employment disparities." - Source - http://nymag.com/scienceofus/2017/05/psychologists-stop-blaming-mass-shootings-on-video-games.html

Now you maybe correct in some cases, that there MAY be a correlation but not enough to prove that in actual research. Adults and parents lead the way for these kids, they have them (in a lot of cases) from birth and show them how they should act in life.

*****The parents(or caring adults) are a major key in tackling this issue and bullying in general.*****

Technology has made these issues more evident and sometimes much easier for people to spot, but these things have sadly existed long before technology was as it is today.

***I'm not meaning to cause such a ruckus on such a serious issue but blaming these things is just not totally correct, and we don't need anymore "big gossip web" without taking some time to research.***

Also if that's how you wanted to state it in your original comment, then I wish you would have put it that way because that is clearly not how it came off in reading to me and I bet alot of other people.

Anyway, this issue is serious and I hope a proper resolution comes to it soon and whatever needs to be done to make sure no one makes comments or actions like this again. Schools really could be another big key in this.

More outside activities? maybe an outdoor non school sport such as paintball?
DeathlyWish · October 5, 2017 at 1:40 pm
I don't care what age you are.
I graduated from that highschool and still live very close to it- if I ever hear of it being on a lock down and someone is outside trying to get in or even worse, if the shooting happens. I will drop what I am doing and put my whole military dream on the line.

I care to much about that school and would put my own life on the line to ensure others safety.
sshrader · October 5, 2017 at 1:03 pm
A step to take is to teach kids to be independent and deeper thinkers. Mob mentality is too common and spreads more than ever with the dumbing down of society through social media. If people would use technology for its positive potential then we would all be smarter than ever, the amount of knowledge available to us is so much greater and easier to obtain than it has been in the past. Unfortunately, many use computers as if they were a great big gossip web and take no time to research topics for themselves. Even that this issue was first seen as screenshots on someone's (an adults?) Facebook points to the lack of judgment that many have with social media. How can we expect our kids to think past themselves, to think through tough situations, to think of the potential consequences of actions, if the adults do not set the example?
BJ · October 5, 2017 at 12:37 pm
Agreed "ConcernedMom". It is a shame. My point in bringing up PaintBall and other games that simulate violence is to consider that the GAMES the kids are being exposed to may be a catalyst to imagining going further then their computers, etc. More outside activities would get them away from those computers, yet you have seen the movies being put out, again showing violence in most cases. I don't have the answers, just lots of questions. What would you do to fix the problem? Blaine Johnson
Wellitsthetruth · October 5, 2017 at 12:13 pm
I'm not arguing over anything, I just was pointing out how stupid of an analogy I felt it was.

Blame the board for not letting any major business and attractions come in, its the same argument most of us have made about it for a number of years.

Now back to the "arguing". Of course I've been hit by a paintball.

You know the government also uses driving courses and simulations to teach people how to drive really well for whatever the needs of said individual are, like simulating scenarios involving terrorists in a mobile vehicle.

See I can take something many people enjoy with no bad intentions and flip it also..
ConcernedMom · October 5, 2017 at 12:03 pm
I think it is a damn shame that this has come to our own backyard and yet people are arguing over a paintball being legit or a game? This is our youth,these children in our county barely have anything to do around here. Most counties have YMCAs, and roller rinks, movies, things to do as a family. We dont really have a lot promoting family time and nothing for our youth. We obviously need to UNITE and really start trying to make things for our children happen and fix the problem now before it gets worse.
BJ · October 5, 2017 at 10:57 am
Have you ever been hit by a paintball "Wellitsthetruth"? They use paintball as training exercises for government employees to simulate scenarios involving terrorists, they don't take it as a game.
Wellitsthetruth · October 5, 2017 at 10:32 am
Did.. did you just compare playing paintball to conspiring to kill someone or actually killing someone? ITS A GAME. G A M E.

Such stupidly we are surrounded by is disheartening.
BJ · October 5, 2017 at 9:43 am
Mr. Bielanski - you promote WarPlay. Isn't that just another level of teaching others to play act what it would be like to "kill" someone, even if it is with paint, still it's a skill being taught? Such hate and anger we are surrounded by is disheartening.
Blaine Johnson
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