Regarding social media posts that could indicate future violence, security experts warn

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) — As the country tries to deal with its latest mass shooting, authorities say the suspected Highland Park gunman has posted footage of the murder and death on online social platforms.

CBS News reported that in the weeks leading up to the July 4 parade in Highland Park, the gunman posted images of guns and graphic depictions of murder on YouTube and other message boards.

It’s not new.

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Authorities said the elementary school shooter in Uvalde, Texas threatened teenage girls online and posted his plan to shoot the school on Facebook the same day.

The man who killed 10 people at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York also went online and posted detailed plans.

Felix Nater, who started his own safety management consultancy, said social media posts like these are warning signs we shouldn’t ignore.

“What I recommend is a screenshot. Take a screenshot of the information you come across, dwell on it for a moment, but definitely forward it to your local police department,” a- he explained.

“How do you want to feel psychologically? Could I have done something? So in the interest of being proactive, I encourage people to let law enforcement decide if it’s valuable or invaluable.

While every situation is different and there is no one-size-fits-all solution to this problem, Nater and other security agencies suggest that contacting the police has few downsides.

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