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October 19, 2004

Net Threat Closes School

An elementary school in Hiratsuka cancelled classes Friday after a message was found on the Internet threatening murder at the school. Police said the Hiratsuka municipal board of education received an e-mail that a threatening message had been posted on the Internet, the Mainichi Daily News reported Saturday.

"Murder man visit -- I'm going to pay a call on Hiratsuka Municipal Hanamizu Elementary School in Kanagawa at 3 p.m. today," the message said. School was dismissed and about 30 police officers were dispatched to the school and they waited, but no suspicious people appeared, police officials said. School officials said it would increase security next week.

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