Death Threat Clears Newtown Church
And police warn about misinformation online
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 16, 2012 2:35 PM CST
Lt. J. Paul Vance of the Connecticut State Police is surrounded by reporters on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, in Sandy Hook village of Newtown, Conn.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

(Newser) – A church at the center of the mourning in Newtown, Conn., evacuated today after receiving a phone threat promising another massacre, the Washington Post reports. "I’m going to kill everyone there," the caller said. "My friend didn't finish the job." After 10 minutes, police and church officials emptied out the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church during its busy noon mass. It's not the church's first threat, either: When St. Rose put up posters yesterday to help parishioners deal with grief, one poster had "This is just round one" written on it.

Ten of the 20 child victims in Friday's attack were members of the church, which has already planned eight funerals. Police are also concerned with social media hoaxsters who are spreading misinformation about the massacre, reports CBS News. "People posing as the shooter, mimicking this crime and crime scene and criminal activity, some things in a threatening manner," said a Connecticut State Police spokesman. "These issues are crimes. They will be examined in state and federally."

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right2dave
Dec 17, 2012 11:11 AM CST
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Elderstatesman
Dec 17, 2012 3:00 AM CST
Comment to "Jarkoer" and "Ancient One": Thank you for some intelligent thought in your remarks. This thread looks like so many on the net where stupidity reigns. You give me hope that some intelligence lurks out there. My only fear is that people who speak with wisdom seem to be over 60 years of age. Where are the clear thinkers that will take over in the next generation ? Not evident in most all posts, I'm afraid.
Smitty6398
Dec 16, 2012 10:58 PM CST
Just someone else trying to claim their minute of fame by yelling 'FIRE' in a crowded theatre. Probably the child of a one-parent family where one or both of the parents were absent, for whatever reason, and the child grew up without the necessary love and attention they deserved during the very early years before age 6. All we can do is try to instill in them the fact that they are loved at an early age.