Wednesday evening police investigated an anonymous text sent to high school students in Las Vegas that threatened multiple school shootings.
Students contemplated whether the text was a hoax or not, and parents throughout social media deliberated sending their kids to school on Thursday.
The Clark County School District posted the following on their Facebook page:
Update: Clark County School District Police Department and local law enforcement investigated the threat circulating on social media yesterday, and they do have a person in custody who was arrested overnight.
Thank you to law enforcement who work hard every day to ensure our schools are safe. School will be in session today.
A reminder: All threats made against schools will be turned over to law enforcement for investigation, and making threats against a school is a serious crime.
The poorly written text below, threatening a shooting at Centennial Hills High School, and then targeting “all” schools, prompted immediate investigations by local law enforcement and school district officials.
Fortunately for Las Vegas students, law officials acted quickly and a suspect was arrested within hours of the threatening communication.
Chilling text messages have shut down school districts recently in other states.
In March of this year, three Berkley County, South Carolina schools were on lockdown when a text message perceived as threatening was received by a student.
On Tuesday, Johnston School Districts in Iowa closed multiple schools as a result of text threats. After investigation by police, the messages were not deemed “credible threats” and classes resumed Wednesday.
In Maine, Machias Memorial High School and Rose M. Gaffney School closed on Tuesday after a threat was received.
On Wednesday, classes were shut down in Plattsmouth School District in Nebraska after a threat from a student. Classes were set to resume the following day.
In mid September, 30 schools closed in Northwestern Montana after several emails and threatening texts were received.
Usually the threats end up not being credible, but the fact that person choses to scare thousands of individuals means law enforcement is dealing with an unstable individual to begin with. Could a person making a fake threat later choose to execute it?
Las Vegas is still recovering from a mass shooting that killed 59 people and injured 527 when a real estate investor, Stephen Paddock, opened fire from a hotel room at Mandalay Bay targeting the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival across the street.
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