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Boise students’ concern about threatening social media post prompts investigation Friday

Schools across the U.S. dealing with gun threats

Schools across the country are increasing security or closing as they deal with threats to safety in the wake of the Parkland, Florida attack.
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Schools across the country are increasing security or closing as they deal with threats to safety in the wake of the Parkland, Florida attack.

Students at one or more Boise high schools raised concerns about threatening social media posts Friday morning — and an investigation determined that the threat originated in New Mexico and did not involve local schools.

On Friday morning, a Snapchat post circulating on social media that said “BHS beware,” Boise schools spokesman Dan Hollar said.

“We jumped on it,” Hollar said. “Until we know otherwise, we’re going to treat it as a credible threat.”

He said it was students at Boise High or Borah High, or both, that notified school officials. A notice about the situation was emailed out to parents Friday morning.

“We want to thank the students and parents who brought this social media threat to our attention,” the district said in the note to parents.

School districts around the country are on edge after an expelled student shot and killed 17 at a Florida school last week.

The social media post that sparked the local investigation Friday was out of Albuquerque, Hollar said.

Police departments and school officials around New Mexico have received reports of threats this week, leading to arrests, according to media reports.

Albuquerque police arrested a Cibola High School student for a false security threat posted Thursday on social media, KOB-4 TV reported.

Two students and a former student were arrested earlier in the week for taking guns onto the Albuquerque High School campus, the TV station said. In another school district, a student confessed to making threats caused a delay at Belen High School on Thursday morning.

Katy Moeller: 208-377-6413, @KatyMoeller

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