Student arrested for making threats to carry out school shooting


Police presence at the school was stepped up Thursday morning.

Police have arrested a Springville student after a threat of violence was posted to social media Thursday.

The Opelika Police Department and FBI Agents were able to locate the 16-year-old students home.

The Associated Press generally does not publish the identities of juvenile suspects.

"He was taken to the Lee County Youth Development Center pending a hearing in Juvenile Court". "The student was taken into custody as soon as police verified a threat had been made". They said their investigation determined students were not in danger.

The incident marked the third arrest or citation handed out to a Utah student this week for making threats.

The threat allegedly had been made while the juvenile was talking with four others at a Centralia restaurant on Friday when school was out for the Tri-County Education conference.

"We want to commend the students who were fearless enough to report this to school staff", the department states.

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"The kid in Kentucky told his father and the father called the Federal Bureau of Investigation".

The investigation continues at this time, but no further evidence has been found that would establish any additional intent to act upon these comments, police said.

"Administrators immediately contacted local law enforcement who determined that the threat was not directed at Sycamore High School".

Kistler credited the Safe2Tell resource for notifying school officials of the incident.

"The judge will decide then if he can go home", Hughes said.

Police said felony charges are possible in the case. "It's been a normal school day".

Parents and students across the nation have been on edge since 17 people were killed last week in a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

It happened Wednesday, Feb. 21 around 2:30 p.m., Hartford police said. "It's an interruption and causes panic, so we will charge appropriately". "Talk to your children and let them know how serious this is, this is very serious business and we're not going to mess around", said Perez. "As much as somebody might think it's amusing, it's definitely not a joke", the lieutenant said.