RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - 2:50 p.m. update:
The Washoe County School District announced the arrest of a juvenile in connection of a threat that targeted Shaw Middle School.
The school district would not give the student’s age or if the student was a Shaw student, but said the student was detained at the Jan Evans Juvenile Justice Center in Reno. The Washoe County District Attorney’s Office will review the case.
School police are seeking charges based on making threats or conveying false threat information and for assaulting a student or school employee.
One social media post said: “I’m doing a school shooting tomorrow at exactly 1:50 and whistle kill bill vol. 1 and playing “Pumped on Kicks” on the mic.”
“While School Police do not believe this threat was credible, it is important to note that this social media posting did result in approximately 480 Shaw Middle School students—about half of the student body—staying home from classes today,” the school district said in a statement.
“We work closely with other local law enforcement agencies, and were assisted by School Secret Witness in this case,” WCSD School Police Chief Jason Trevino said in statment. “We kept a high profile at the school today, and as we continue to investigate this case, we urge all parents and guardians to closely monitor their children’s social media activity. These are extremely serious charges that resulted from an extremely serious action on the part of a juvenile. We consistently educate young people about the consequences of their actions, and this is yet another example of an action that can carry severe consequences.”
The Washoe County School District has found no credible threat to students following a post on social media about a planned shooting at Shaw Middle School.
Public Information Officer, Victoria Campbell, released the following statement:
We were made aware of a threat to Shaw Middle School that was posted on social media last night, but we believe there is no credible threat to the campus or students at this time. School staff members are working with School Police and the Washoe County Sheriff’s Department to keep our school safe.
School staff members have communicated with our Shaw families this morning and advised them of the situation. Classes are continuing as normal, and everything is running smoothly today at school.
School police continue to investigate the source of this posting. Officers remind parents to keep close track of their children’s activities on social media.