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October 8, 2017

Sheriff to host meeting about LHS online threats

Fauquier Sheriff Bob Mosier has scheduled a town hall meeting about the online death threats at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9, at Liberty High School.
Fauquier County’s sheriff will host a town hall meeting Monday night at Liberty High “to address any public concerns regarding recent online chat investigation.”

Six Liberty students who wrote — in a chat application for online gamers — of killing one of their peers will face no criminal charges, the sheriff’s office and school administrators announced Friday afternoon.

That decision, in which the county prosecutor’s office played a leading role, has provoked a firestorm of criticism on social media, especially Facebook.

Sheriff Bob Mosier’s meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 9 at Liberty High School.

At the same time, the school board will conduct its normal monthly meeting at Fauquier High School in Warrenton. That meeting will begin with a 6 p.m. “work session.” The regular agenda, including citizens’ time, will begin at 7 p.m. in the Falcon Room.

The sheriff on Sunday night announced he would moved up the start of his town hall meeting — originally scheduled for 6 p.m. — “to accommodate those citizens who may have a scheduling conflict.”

News of the 2-day-old investigation broke Wednesday, when an LHS parent posted screen shots of the chat on Facebook.

The school administration at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday alerted parents by mass email. The sheriff’s office that night issued a press release confirming the investigation, focused on 16- and 17-year-olds.

About 240 students stayed home from school Thursday.

This story has been updated to correct the number of students who stayed home Thursday.
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