Social media monitoring programs can serve as a first line of defense for schools, but privacy issues abound

On Jan. 26, a 16-year-old Hobart High School student posted a threat on social media, saying his school would be "shot up" the next day.

The boy was arrested the next morning, claiming his threat was only a joke, police said.

On Jan. 27, a message posted on social media warned "MHS" students not to go to school the next day, including the phrase, "Pray you don't die."

Police presence at Merrillville High School was beefed up the next morning, though...

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