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Richmond Police believe a potential threat made on a social media post regarding Madison Central High School originated outside of the state. 

On Monday, Richmond Police issued a statement the post originated in St. Joseph, Missouri a few days ago and was shared until it wound up in Madison County.

Previously on Friday evening, Richmond police opened an investigation after a threat circulated on Snapchat against the high school. 

"A post has been shared many times over the weekend on several social media platforms and with the district," a post from the school district stated. "We have been working since we were made aware of the post with local law enforcement to ensure that our students and staff are safe at school every day, especially when a threat of any kind has been made. There will be additional police presence at Madison Central High School tomorrow in an effort to make certain everyone is safe and feels safe. We are grateful for our partnerships with Richmond Police Department and other local agencies who share our abundance of concern."

However police said Monday morning the generic threat toward "Central High School" appears to have been directed toward St Joseph's Central High School in Missouri.

On October 22, 2021, it was reported that three juveniles had been arrested and charged in connection with the threat, police shared. 

A larger police presence was stationed at Madison Central High School on Monday for extra precaution.  

The school system said they are grateful to all the concerned parents who reached out over the weekend, as well as the diligent work of RPD to protect their students. 

It was also reported the same message was sent out in other states as well such as Colorado. 

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