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A Dumfries-area teen is accused of making a threat involving a Connecticut school while playing the mobile game “Fortnite,” according to Prince William County police.

The 17-year-old was reportedly playing with another teen gamer who lives in Connecticut when the Prince William teen threatened an act of violence at the other gamer’s school, police spokesperson Officer Nathan Probus said.

Connecticut State Police contacted local authorities Sept. 10 and Prince William investigators were able to identify the teen and determine that the threat was not credible.

The teen's name will not be released because he was charged as a minor.

He was charged with threats over local airways, Probus said. The case will be handled through juvenile intake, Probus said.

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Paul Miller

It isn't hard to imagine a similar thing happening before everything went digital, except the threat would be from a car window in a fast food parking lot. I'm not excusing the threat, but I remember hearing things like this when I was a kid - no police got involved and life went on. My point - again, not excusing the threat - is kids are the same but the consequences for kidlike behavior are higher, because now there is a digital record, not to mention the perceived safety of digital anonymity.

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