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Belleville students stayed away from school after anti-LGBTQ threat

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Belleville schools saw a sharp drop in attendance on Thursday, Oct. 14, after a threatening post appeared on social media.

The Belleville News-Democrat reported that between 25 and 30% of Belleville high school students missed class on Thursday after the post circulated.

Local police assigned extra patrols to the district’s two high schools after students received shares or texted screen shots of the social media post.

The News-Democrat reported that the threat appeared to have been written on a white background and warned students to not go to school on Oct. 14 or “I’ll be seeing you in hell.” It included a slur against gay people.

Belleville Police Capt. Mark Heffernan told the newspaper “At this point in time, the only nexus to Belleville is that Belleville high school students received a message.” There was nothing specific with the threat as to where or what. No arrests had been made as of Friday.

District 201 Superintendent Brian Mentzer told the News-Democrat that even though there was no indication that the post was linked to either high school, the school district wanted the community to be aware.

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