Online shooting threat in Delhi ruled unfounded

An incident in Delaware County that resulted in the evacuation of a public building for a short time is proof of what is the modern equivalent of the parlor game “Telephone”. In the game, one person begins by whispering a word or phrase to the next person in a line of participants, and at the end of the line the message, most likely, is drastically different.

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Delaware County officials said they have determined that reports of threats to public safety in the county circulating on social media are baseless. A post on the Delhi Village Police Facebook page says they found reports of someone threatening to shoot people at the courthouse started as a somewhat casual conversation in Walton.

According to police, one person made a remark which, after many accounts of the conversation, turned into a perceived threat which, again, was transmitted on social media.

Reports released claiming someone planned to “shoot” the Delhi courthouse caused enough concern that around 110:30 a.m. on Wednesday July 13, a caller dialed 911 to alert authorities.

The 911 center notified the Delhi Police and the courthouse area was evacuated and law enforcement officials began locking down nearby buildings.

Investigators say the information passed to the 911 center “did not accurately represent the statements made by the subject.”

The evacuations and closures were lifted once authorities confirmed there was no public threat.

According to authorities, even though this incident turned out to be nothing, the person who dialed 911 did the right thing. Threats on social media are taken seriously and anyone with concerns should notify their local authorities immediately.

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