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Hacker Attacks Facebook Account of Student Behind Philadelphia School Shooting Threat: Officials

An online threat put a Philadelphia charter school on edge but the drama could all be the work of a hacker -- the student allegedly behind the threat claims a Facebook account was hacked.

A social post threatened a shooting Monday at String Theory Charter School along Vine Street.

The threat quickly spread online among the school community causing school officials to investigate the root.

“Dr. Jack Carr, Principal of String Theory Charter School says he is aware of the post… This particular student is not a threat. He spoke with the child, her aunt and her mother. The child's Facebook was apparently hacked according to the student. He believes her,” said school district spokesman Fernando Gallard.

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Officials didn’t reveal who could be behind the hack but they did say that it appeared that someone wanted to create drama.

Despite the threat not being “credible,” the student in question wouldn’t be in school Monday, said Gallard. A police officer would be on campus Monday just so that everyone feels safe, said officials.

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