Gateway High School student arrested after Snapchat 'threat' discovered
A Gateway High School student was arrested Friday morning by Monroeville police minutes into first class after administrators learned of a “terroristic threat” made via social media that referenced the recent mass shooting in Florida.
The threat was made on Snapchat, a popular image-sharing app, Thursday night. District officials were not aware of the threat until about 30 minutes before school started Friday morning.
Tim Skoog, assistant director for the district's police force, said students and high school staff alerted administration about the threat.
“We read the threat, on Snapchat, and we went in and grabbed him,” Skoog said. “Then the police were called.”
Monroeville Police Chief Doug Cole did not immediately return phone calls requesting comment.
Skoog declined to provide details about the threat, but said the message was a paragraph that referenced a shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 dead this week.
In a letter posed on the district's website, Superintendent Bill Short said the student was removed from the building after “discovering a terroristic threat.”
Short did not return a phone call seeking comment. A district secretary said the school remained open after the incident. Skoog said the school was not put into lockdown at any point.