RUPERT, Idaho (AP) — Police in southern Idaho say prosecutors are charging a 13-year-old student with threatening violence at a Rupert middle school.
The Times-News reports that investigators believe the child made the threats Aug. 29 in an online chatroom on the social media platform Instagram. Police say the alleged threats were made against individuals at East Minico Middle School, not against the entire school.
Still, because of the nature of the threats, officials temporarily increased the presence of law enforcement officers at all of the schools in the district.
Rupert Police Chief James Wardle said in a prepared statement that law enforcement takes threats against schools seriously and will always err on the side of caution to ensure students are safe.
The sister of a sixth-grade girl who received the threats said her sister did not know the person who sent them.
Rupert Police Department investigators and a Minidoka County Sheriff’s detective determined the threats were made against individuals — not the whole school. The officers identified the source of the threats and spoke with the student.