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Ridgevue High student accused of posting social media threat about shooting

Parents of students at Nampa’s Ridgevue High School were notified by email Friday morning of a threat to students that was posted on social media the night before, according to a district official.

The post on Facebook warned students to stay home due to the possibility of a school shooting.

Joey Palmer, director of state and federal programs for the Vallivue School District, said Nampa police investigated the social media threat Thursday night.

Police went to the home of the student who allegedly posted the message on Facebook and determined that he or she had no access to firearms.

“It was determined that there was no actual intent of a shooting,” Nampa police said in a press release Friday afternoon. Canyon County Sheriff’s Office were also involved in the investigation.

The student, whose name, age and grade were not released, is now on out-of-school suspension and could face expulsion.

“The school board will be voting in executive session to determine if there will be an expulsion,” Palmer said.

The student has not been charged. The Canyon County Prosecutor’s Office will review of the case for possible charges.

The school district sent notice to parents about the incident at 8:21 a.m. Friday. There was an increased police presence at the school to make sure everyone felt safe, Palmer said.

Ridgevue has about 1,200 students in grades nine to 12. Palmer didn’t know how many parents opted to keep their children home Friday. Those students who did stay home will have their absences excused.

“We understand the concern of parents in light of recent events,” Palmer said.

Seventeen people were killed in a school shooting in Florida about two weeks ago. The suspect in that shooting is Nikolas Cruz, a 19-year-old who was expelled from the school.

On Friday morning, Nampa police also responded to a report of an intoxicated student with a firearm at Columbia High School. The school resource officer and patrol officers identified the suspect and determined that the report was false — the student was neither intoxicated or carrying a weapon.

Police said the information they received was neither timely nor accurate.

“Several students had been told of the possible threat, and they relayed that information to appropriate authorities,” the Nampa police release said.

Police said neither the Ridgevue nor the Columbia High threats were legitimate.

“There are no ‘innocent pranks,’ when it comes to school threats,” police said in the release. “There is no reason to think it’s okay to make these types of statements on social media. Law enforcement takes these situations extremely serious. The protection of our children is one of our highest priorities. We will aggressively pursue any information of threats and will prosecute any violations we find.”

Katy Moeller: 208-377-6413, @KatyMoeller

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