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Geo-fence installed around school after social media threat

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MASON, OH (FOX19) -

A virtual barrier banning the anonymous posting app ‘Yik-Yak' has been established around Mason High School after a student used the app to make a bomb threat.

The sophomore student was charged for making false alarms, a first degree misdemeanor, and will be disciplined by the school for the Nov. 20 threat, according to a statement released on Tuesday by the district.

Yik-Yak allows users to create anonymous posts on a message board that shows content within a 1.5 mile radius.

Mason reportedly contacted Yik-Yak's corporate headquarters in order to install the barrier, known as a geo-fence, around the high school. The district has also blocked the app from connecting through their servers and banned the app from all school-sponsored events.

Several other Tri-State schools have banned Yik-Yak due to concerning posts.

Cyber bullying against staff and students led New Richmond Exempted Village School District prohibit use of the social media app.

A post stating a "bomb would blow up the school," prompted officials to ban backpacks and have a police presence at Washington Court House High School high school earlier this month.

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