Chief urges civil online comments after stabbings

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A small-town Ohio police chief with a forthright style and an outsize Facebook following has drawn a large online response with a post urging commenters to be respectful instead of political after stabbings at a Pittsburgh-area high school.

Brimfield Township Chief David Oliver says adults should set an example for children and avoid being disrespectful during such a time of mourning. His post was shared nearly 12,000 times and drew 31,000 likes and 3,300 comments within 24 hours.

Oliver initially wrote a brief statement offering thoughts and prayers after the Wednesday stabbings. He says he then crafted a longer post admonishing people who responded with political comments because he considered that inappropriate.

Oliver's department serves about 10,500 people. Its Facebook page has a much larger audience, with nearly 145,000 "likes."