Suspected school threat turned out to be in New Mexico
April 9, 2018
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Suspected school threat turned out to be in New Mexico

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By Staff Reports 

RAINSVILLE, Ala. — According to DeKalb County Schools, a Snapchat threat was investigated late last night, but turned out to be related to Clovis High School in New Mexico. The student in question was arrested two days ago, according to News Channel 10 in Amarillo, Texas.

Last night, DeKalb County Schools issued the following statement: A few moments ago, The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Michael Edmondson informed me of a potential threat that had been posted on Snapchat. We immediately began working with local school administrators as well as other law enforcement agencies to learn about the threatening ‘snap’ that was being circulated.

We have ascertained from law enforcement agencies as well as news sources the Snapchat threat is related to a school in New Mexico and is NOT related to one of our local schools. The student in the threatening image, who resides in New Mexico, was arrested for questioning and detained a couple days ago according to the information we have received. I am attaching a news article that outlines the threat, arrest and investigation.”

According to the news reports, a 17 year-old white male student was arrested in New Mexico for posting a SnapChat with a rifle that stated, “F*** CHS I’m going out with a bank” (assuming he meant “bang”) and, “don’t go to school tmrw.”

News Story on the New Mexico student’s arrest:

ClOVIS, N.M — A Clovis High School student has been arrested after police say the student made threats against the school on social media.

On April 5 around 11:21 p.m., Clovis police received a phone call that said a threat was made against Clovis High School.

Police responded to the caller’s home, where they were shown a screen shot of a Snapchat post where a person was holding a rifle. The caption stated, “F*** CHS I’m going out with a bank” and “don’t go to school tmrw.”

Shortly after this, police received more calls about the post.

The student in the post was identified as a 17-year-old male. Officers and deputies with the Curry County Sheriff’s Office responded to the student’s home where they contacted him, and he was interviewed by a detective.

During the interview, the student confirmed the picture was of him, but he said he did not post the captions to the post. As the interview continued, the student stated that he did create part of the captions.

An arrest warrant was generated for the student for aggravated assault on a school employee. He was taken into police custody without incident.

The initial investigation was handled with the cooperation of the Curry County Sheriff’s Office and Clovis Municipal Schools, and the Clovis Police Department is continuing the investigation.

Police say an increased law enforcement presence will be seen at Clovis schools.

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