One student has been arrested in connection with social media threats made at Lake City High School Thursday.
Coeur d’Alene police received reports of three threats involving Lake City High School students since October 6. Suspects have been identified for two of the incidents.
On October 6, a photo was posted to Snapchat with derogatory comments made toward Lake City High School students. The juvenile suspect in this incident has been identified and will be facing disciplinary action through the school district, but criminal charges will not be applied.
On October 8, an anonymous, threatening message was posted to a different social media app, directed towards a female student. There has not been a suspect identified in this incident.
On October 11, another anonymous threatening message was made, and a separate picture was posted with a threatening caption. Both the message and the picture were posted by the same suspect, who has been identified as a juvenile male Lake City High School student. He has been arrested and taken to the Juvenile Detention Center. He is facing four misdemeanor counts of Using the Telephone to Terrify, Threaten, or Harass.
In speaking with KXLY, Deanne Clifford, the school’s principal said that school district’s disciplinary action could result in suspension or expulsion for students found to be involved.
“If a student has been found posting threats to our school on social media that student or students would be facing a number of consequences,” said Clifford. “School district consequences would be that the students or student would be suspended from school pending an expulsion hearing and the board could decide to expel that student for a semester or an indefinite amount of time.”
She says when a student is expelled from school the student is not allowed to attend any school in the state of Idaho.
She says that the school district announced a reward for information leading to the identification of suspects that was initially $200 dollars. After donations from concerned Coeur D’Alene residents, parents and staff of the school, the reward was raised to $1,200 according to the school’s website.