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UPDATE: 16-year-old connected to social media threats in custody

The SAISD said it was made aware of the threat Sunday evening and immediately started an investigation with the San Angelo Police Department.
Credit: SAISD

SAN ANGELO, Texas — UPDATE: The San Angelo Police Department has confirmed that a 16-year-old boy has been arrested and charged with terroristic threats in connection to social media threats toward a local school.

The SAPD said its Criminal Investigation Division was requested Sunday to help with the investigation and started gathering information to help develop a suspect.

The investigation continued into Monday morning and the SAPD worked in conjunction with SAISD to provide additional security at local schools while also continuing to investigate the incident. During this time, SAPD detectives maintained a visual observance of the possible suspect.

On Monday morning, the SAPD was able to take the boy into custody at a local home. He was charged with “terroristic threats and taken to the Juvenile Justice Center without further incident.

The SAPD said in a release, "We would like to thank the public for the numerous phone calls/messages that we received that made us aware of the social media post.

The goal of the SAPD and the SAISD is to maintain a safe and secure learning environment for all of our students throughout the City of San Angelo.

The SAPD and SAISD continues to highly encourage anyone with information regarding possible threats to our schools and students to contact the Police Department directly with their concerns so we can address them accordingly."

UPDATE: The San Angelo ISD said the San Angelo Police Department has taken an individual into custody in connection with the social media threat that San Angelo ISD, Central High School and Lake View High School were made aware was circulating on social media last night, Sunday, September 11, 2022.

ORIGINAL STORY: A potential threat to Lake View High School circulating on social media has prompted an investigation by the San Angelo Independent School District and the San Angelo Police Department.

The San Angelo ISD said it was made aware of the threat Sunday evening.

The SAISD issued the following statement Monday morning:

"On the evening of Sunday, September 11, 2022, San Angelo ISD, Central High School and Lake View High School were made aware of a threat made on social media. Immediately district leaders and campus administrators began an investigation in conjunction with the San Angelo Police Department. This investigation is currently ongoing, and SAISD will continue to work directly with SAPD to ensure the safety of our students. The alleged suspect will not be permitted on or near any SAISD schools, and both CHS and LVHS will have increased police presence today out of an abundance of caution. San Angelo ISD will provide an update to parents at the conclusion of the investigation. 

The safety of our students is our first priority. We take all matters of this nature seriously and will follow procedures outlined in our Student Code of Conduct. SAISD, by law, is not at liberty to publicly disclose the names of students or disciplinary actions taken. We appreciate the collaborative effort between the school and law enforcement. SAISD encourages everyone to report threats of any kind to a district or school official, local law enforcement, or report the concern on our district StayAlert link on the SAISD website. Student reports will be kept confidential."

The SAPD issued this statement:

"The San Angelo Police Department has been made aware of a social media post that is being circulated with a potential threat to a local school. The SAPD and SAISD were notified regarding this post by the public and are currently working in conjunction with each other to address this issue. 

We appreciate being notified regarding the post and we would like to inform everyone that there is no need to further contact our Dispatch division in reference to it. Further information will be released at a later point in time as our investigation continues."

This is a developing story. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

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