Charlottesville, Virginia

Charlottesville schools closed over race-based online threats

Statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee on UVA's campus
The statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee led to clashes among protesters in August 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Public schools in Charlottesville, Virginia, closed Thursday and Friday after reports of racially based online threats, per ABC News.

Details: Police arrested a 17-year-old in connection to the hostile statements, who allegedly posted intimidating remarks on "ethnic cleansing" on 4Chan, an anonymous message board, Buzzfeed reports. Police received alerts on Wednesday and the minor will be charged with a felony and one misdemeanor.

Read House Democrats' anti-Semitism resolution

The House will vote on a resolution Thursday condemning anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim discrimination and bigotry against minorities "as hateful expressions of intolerance that are contrary to the values and aspirations of the United States."

The big picture: The resolution has caused tension within the Democratic caucus after some members thought it unfairly singled out Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) for her controversial comments about Israel. The resolution does not name Omar specifically, but condemns stereotypes that some Democrats accused her of exploiting, including Jews having "dual loyalty" to the U.S. and Israel. Notably, it also references the 2017 white nationalist march in Charlottesville, Virginia, which brought scrutiny on President Trump after he said there were "very fine people" on both sides of the conflict.

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