Threat Of Violence Against Students Of Color Shutters Schools In Charlottesville

on August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - AUGUST 12: White nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the "alt-right" clash with counter-protesters as they enter Emancipation Park during the "Unite the Right" rally August 12, 2017 in Charl... CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - AUGUST 12: White nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the "alt-right" clash with counter-protesters as they enter Emancipation Park during the "Unite the Right" rally August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. After clashes with anti-fascist protesters and police the rally was declared an unlawful gathering and people were forced out of Emancipation Park, where a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is slated to be removed. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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March 22, 2019 7:43 a.m.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Public schools in Charlottesville, Virginia, remain closed as authorities investigate a racist threat that was posted online.

News outlets report that the system’s nine schools were closed Thursday and Friday out of precaution after authorities told school officials of the threat on Wednesday.

Superintendent Rosa Atkins told families that the threat was “racially charged” and the school system does not tolerate hate or racism.

Charlottesville police said the threat targeted Charlottesville High School. The Washington Post says images circulating online referred to an anonymous messaging board and threatened to attack students of color. Charlottesville was the site of a deadly white nationalist rally in 2017.

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