Police are investigating a Facebook message urging violence against gays and expressing hope that an LGBTQ festival in Ohio's capital city "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 in Columbus and suggested gays should be killed or relocated. WCMH says it contacted the commenter and he wouldn't explain the message.
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The school district says it's working with authorities to address inappropriate comments posted from a personal account. The district says it values diversity and has hundreds of teachers, students and supporters participating in the parade.
Police anticipate a crowd of about 500,000 people.
Organizers have encouraged participants to ignore any protesters.