SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KCAU) – Police have provided an update about social media threats circling around local schools.
Tuesday afternoon, the Sioux City Police Department stated in a release they received a report about a social media threat made towards East High School. Police said the post was of a picture of a gun, claiming the poster was on their way to school.
To keep students and staff safe, officers responded to East High and established a lockout.
Investigators took a 14-year-old girl into custody, alleging she made the post to alarm everyone but not actually harm anyone. They said she had created a fake Snapchat account to make the threats.
The girl was charged with terrorism threats and harassment after being brought to the Woodbury County Juvenile Detention.
Police said that earlier Tuesday, a 15-year-old boy made a threat towards West High School. He was referred to the County Attorney’s Office to possibly be charged.
The police want to remind the public that protecting students is a high priority for them, and they will make sure any threats are investigated.