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Teen facing charges after threatening video toward GI schools

A 15-year-old has now been referred for terroristic threat charges after police and the school...
A 15-year-old has now been referred for terroristic threat charges after police and the school district were made aware of a Snapchat video on Thursday where the teen threatened schools in Grand Island.(KSNB)
Published: Nov. 19, 2021 at 3:13 PM CST
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - An update on a situation that led to multiple Grand Island Public Schools to go into secure mode earlier this week.

A 15-year-old has now been referred for terroristic threat charges after police and the school district were made aware of a Snapchat video on Thursday where the teen threatened to shoot up schools in Grand Island.

In a statement, GIPS said at 4 p.m. Thursday, a concerned citizen notified the school that the potential individual from the BB gun incident on Wednesday was featured in a video shared on Snapchat in which he is seen with a firearm and clearly threatening dangerous action toward schools.

The district said “Being as this is a legitimate threat, we take all matters of this nature seriously.”

“We immediately began working with the Grand Island Police Department (GIPD) as they investigated the severity of the threat and pursued the suspect.

Grand Island Police Captain Jim Duering said the teen was taken into custody, where juvenile probation is in charge of the assessment while police do a safety assessment.

Captain Duering said there was “no indication that he had the means to carry out the threat.”

Following the investigation, he was released back to family.

With charges of terrorist threats requested, it will be up to the county attorney’s office on what they plan to do.

The school district said they want to thank the campus SROs and the GIPD. 

READ FULL STATEMENT BELOW:

We want to make you aware of a threat that was discovered yesterday afternoon (11/18/2021) that affects Grand Island Public Schools.

At 4:00 p.m., a concerned citizen notified GIPS that the potential individual from yesterday’s BB gun incident was featured in a video shared on Snapchat in which he is seen with a firearm and clearly threatening dangerous action towards schools.  Being as this is a legitimate threat, we take all matters of this nature seriously.

We immediately began working with the Grand Island Police Department (GIPD) as they investigated the severity of the threat and pursued the suspect.

By evening the suspect was in GIPD custody and charges for terroristic threats were requested.

Due to the age of the suspect, charges and placement will be in the hands of the juvenile justice system.

We want to thank the campus SROs and the GIPD.  We remain grateful for their commitment to ensuring our students, staff, and community are safe.

For questions regarding this incident or related information concerning student safety, please contact the Grand Island Police Department at 308-385-5400.

If parents have any questions regarding school and safety precautions, please contact your principal or the school district’s central offices at (308) 385-5900.

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