Teen responsible for "The Purge" post on social media discovered

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Teen responsible for "The Purge" post on social media discovered

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Knoxville Police Department says they have located the teenager responsible for a social media post threatening a day of killing and lawlessness in Knoxville and surrounding areas.

Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch says no charges are filed against the teenager at this time. He says officers had a serious talk with the teenager and his parents about the severity of the post.

The image making the rounds on Twitter and Facebook shows a masked man with a list of Tennessee cities in which this "purge" is supposed to happen. It also includes a date of August 23rd.

The movie "The Purge" and the sequel "The Purge: Anarchy" are based on the idea of the government lifting every law for a 12 hour period, leading to chaos and murder in the streets.

Similar posts has swept the nation with warnings from California to Kentucky. Police say the original scare started in Louisville from a high school student/

Last Friday a high school football scrimmage in Louisville, Kentucky was cancelled as police stepped up their presence in preparation for a night of anarchy.

People on social media seem to recognize that all laws being lifted for any period of time is not possible in this country. Concern on the 'Twitterverse' is over someone who may act out violently in an attempt to mimic the movies that have raked in millions of dollars

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