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17-year-old arrested in Indian Trail High School social media threat

The threat shut down the school Thursday
Posted at 4:29 PM, Feb 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-01 17:45:26-05

A 17-year-old male has been arrested after a threat on social media shut down Indian Trail High School and Academy Thursday. 

Kenosha police said in a news release that the teen was arrested around 11:30 a.m. with the help of Milwaukee police. 

Detectives are also interviewing another 17-year-old in relation to the incident. 

Charges will be referred to the Kenosha County District Attorney's Office. 

With the suspect in custody, school will be in session Friday for Indian Trail High School and Academy. 

Officials called it an “isolated incident that only applies to Indian Trail.” 

“It was a text message between students that was then posted to Snapchat,” said Tanya Ruder with KUSD.

Police say a parent contacted authorities after seeing the threat on social media Wednesday at 9:30 p.m.

Parents and students who showed up for school Thursday morning were immediately told to go back home. 

"Our kids are not safe if there's someone out there threatening to shoot the school up," said parent Samantha Pohlman.

In a follow-up Facebook post, the district referenced Wisconsin Act 311, a law passed in 2016 making it a felony to make real or false claims regarding shootings, bomb threats or to cause any other bodily harm to others.

Students have been charged under the law, according to the district, adding that “making threats is not a joking matter.”