NORTH FOND DU LAC, Wis. (WBAY) – Police say a North Fond du Lac student is in custody after threats were made on the social networking app Snapchat over the weekend.
North Fond du Lac Police Department is recommending charges of Making Terrorist Threats and Unlawful Use of Computerized Communication Systems against the 15-year-old boy.
Police say the teen will be in Fond du Lac County Juvenile Court on Tuesday.
Police say the teen sent messages warning other students not to come to school on Monday. The messages also said “there’s just some kids and teachers that gotta get what they deserve.”
Students and parents who saw the snaps or told about the them reported the situation to the School District and Police Department.
North Fond du Lac Police say the teen set up a fake account to send the messages, but they were able to identify him by working with Snapchat before the start of the school day Monday.
“It’s relatively easy for us to work with Snapchat to identify who the users are for those accounts,” Police Chief Darren Pautsch said.
Officers took the teen into custody before he entered the building. There was additional police presence at the school Monday to “reassure parents and students,” police said.
“While the boy told us that the message was sent to his friend as a prank, his actions created a significant disturbance and a very real fear amongst parents and students,” Pautsch said.
“For good reason you see the tragedies on the news,” he added.
The teen is being held in secure detention. His name was not released.
The School District released this statement:
This weekend the District became aware of threatening messages that were sent on a social media platform (Snap chat). Working with the NFDL PD, we were able to identify the student that was making those threats and they are in custody of the NFDL police.
Because of our great culture and focus on safety, students, parents, staff and the NFDL PD were able to work together to ensure the safety of our kids. The District will continue to stay on top of this situation and do what is in the best interest of the safety of our students, staff and community.
Thank you for your patience and working together to help ensure our students’ safety!