CONYERS - In response to questions from residents, local law enforcement is letting the public know that the threats on social media towards schools and officers on September 11 are not credible.
These rumors have been circulating on Facebook at least since early September according to snopes.com.
The viral rumor also refers to September 11 falling on a Monday, which has not occurred since 2006.
Conyers Police Department and Rockdale Sheriff's office sent out an alert Thursday afternoon to address the calls and questions that were coming in throughout the day.
"We've received a few calls asking are you going to close the schools," said CPD spokesperson Kim Lucas. "There's no credibility, no reasons to believe it's an actual threat. It appears it's something someone stirred up via social media."
Rockdale County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Sgt. Andy Arnold said, "It's a generic thing going across Facebook. Different Sheriff's Offices have been hearing it too."
In an abundance of caution, Rockdale County Sheriff's Office deputies and Conyers Police officers will be stepping up patrols around schools for Friday.
The CPD alert reads: "Local law enforcement will remain vigilant throughout this time. You may see increased law enforcement presence in and around the schools tomorrow but be reassured the threats do not appear credible."
False social media threats have been in local headlines lately, after 14-year-old was recently arrested in Newton County for bomb threats made on social media against Newton schools.
Two other social media threats, still being investigated, were also made against Porterdale Elementary School and Cousins Middle School.