Fake Facebook profile used in Harris County High threatening hoax – Reuters

Fake Facebook profile used in hoax threatening Harris County High

Posted at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 27, 2022

After a quick investigation, the recently discovered threats targeting Harris County High School (HCHS) were determined to be a hoax involving a student’s stolen identity, according to a school district news release.

HCHS administrators learned of threats made on several online chat sites late Thursday night and law enforcement, including the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, have been contacted to investigate. the threat and ensure student safety.

Additional officers were on campus Friday morning and regular school resource officers were put on alert.

While working with the FBI, local authorities were able to confirm that the message is identical to at least five online threats made to other schools and that the threat is a hoax.

According to a press release from the Harris County School District, the suspect responsible for the prank randomly picked names from Instagram accounts, stealing the identity of a male HCHS student to create a fake threat.

The threatening message listed the school, along with the names of specific students as potential targets.

The school district has confirmed that there is absolutely no threat to HCHS or HCHS students and that all named students are safe, including the student whose identity was stolen.

He and the other students mentioned in the post are all victims of the hoax, the school district said in a news release.