Police investigate social media threats to Poynette School District

COLUMBIA COUNTY (WKOW) — Police say they’ve arrested three juveniles on charges of terroristic threats following a social media threat to Poynette School District Saturday.

According to a police report, the School District of Poynette contacted the Poynette Police Department on Saturday to report a possible school shooting threat that was sent through social media.

The Poynette Police Department and the Columbia County Sheriff’s Department conducted a thorough investigation resulting in the arrest of three juveniles.

Each are being charged with Terroristic Threats and were taken to a Juvenile Detention Center.

They say due to the fact that the suspects are juveniles, no other information about this incident will be released.

Authorities say there is no danger to the community, students or the school campus at this time.

Poynette school officials say they’ll have additional staff to offer support to students on Monday and more officers, too. All scheduled activities will go on as usual.

District officials say the incident is a teachable moment for families:

“Intent” cannot always be determined from a social media post, but it is vitally important to understand that “what we say matters.” We encourage all parents and guardians to monitor their children’s online activity including social media accounts. If you see something, please say something immediately.”
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