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Advocate file photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK

The Net Charter High School in New Orleans canceled classes on Wednesday after someone posted an anonymous threat against the school on the social media app Instagram. 

Elizabeth Ostberg, the Net's executive director, said the school — which has campuses in Central City and Gentilly — was asking parents to come pick up students while police investigate. She added that there was no reason to believe any member of the school's community was in imminent danger. 

It came a little less than two months after gunfire was reported just outside the Net's Gentilly campus during a lunch break. One student had a superficial wound to his elbow, though it wasn't clear if it was caused by a bullet.

It also came as one of a rash of threats against area schools in the wake of last month's massacre at a high school in Parkland, Florida, where 17 people were killed. 

More than half a dozen students have been arrested by law enforcement agencies around the metro area since Parkland for posting threatening comments or images on social media, one of which forced the closure for a day last week of KIPP Renaissance High School in the Bywater.