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Two Indiana School Districts Closed Due To Online Threats

Update - Dec. 17, 1:56 p.m.

Two Indiana school districts are closed Thursday after threats of violence were made online overnight on Wednesday.

Plainville Community School Corporation and Danville Community School Corporation are both closed after separate threats against schools were made.

In addition, Metropolitan School District of Martinsville schools were put on lockdown, the Reporter Times reports. Other area school systems say they're monitoring the situation.

It all started yesterday afternoon when, according to Danville Community school corporation Superintendent Dr. Tracey Shaffer, two Danville high school students were overheard talking about bringing a gun to school.

Two arrests were made last night in connection to a threat against Danville High School, but several more threats were made earlier this morning directed at both Plainfield and Danville High School originating from a single social media account that prompted the school administrations to keep students and staff at home today.

Local police from both cities are investigating these threats and their credibility.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation was also notified of the incidents and is assisting local police in their ongoing investigation. Danville school corporation Superintendent Tracey Shaffer says incidents like these heighten administrators' awareness.

"They're certainly going to heighten our communications, so you know, we try to do this with a level-head, working with factual information," he says. "And not communicating too much out until we have factual information."

Shaffer says the Danville's administration is currently making plans for students to take exams when they get back from winter break in January.

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