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Police Investigate Facebook Threat Against Columbus Pride Festival

Stonewall Columbus

Police are investigating a Facebook message supporting violence against gays and expressing hope that an LGBTQ festival in Ohio's capital "turns out like the Boston Marathon" that was bombed several years ago.

WCMH-TV reports that a Columbus City Schools employee posted the message to a page for this weekend's pride event and suggested gays should be killed or relocated. WCMH says it contacted the commenter and he wouldn't explain the message.

The school district says it's working with authorities to address inappropriate comments posted from a personal account. The district says has hundreds of teachers, students and allies participating in the parade.

"Columbus City Schools values and celebrates its diversity," the school said in a statement on Facebook. "We do not tolerate discrimination of any kind."

The school did not name the employee or mention any possible administrative discipline against him.

Police will have a significant presence at the festival, anticipating a crowd of 500,000 people.

Organizers have encouraged participants to ignore any protesters