UPDATE: Lockdown lifted for multiple SJSD schools, subject in custody

Police took a student into custody for threatening area schools on Snapchat, according to Sgt. James Langston.

Posted: Apr 29, 2019 1:04 PM
Updated: May 3, 2019 3:02 PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Lockdowns at six schools in the St. Joseph School District has been lifted and one person was taken into custody.

Savannah High School has also lifted its lockdown. Schools went under a "soft lockdown" around 9:30 a.m. Monday after a student reported threatening language on a social media post.

Sgt. James Langston heads the St. Joseph police School Resource Officer program for the school district and said police found out about a threat on SnapChat Monday morning. 

"A student told one of the schools that they saw a threat on social media specifically directed at several of the area schools including Savannah High School," Sgt. Langston said.

Lockdowns were in place at Benton, Central, Lafayette, Bode, Truman and Mark Twain, and Savannah High School as a precautionary measure.

Extra police were also on campus while the threat was investigated.

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The lockdown was issued for schools named in the SnapChat and other schools that were close in proximity to them.

SJPD found the post and traced it back to an adult male student of one of St. Joseph's high schools. Langston said police passed off the case to Andrew County law enforcement once SJPD determined the student lived in County Club Village.

Country Club PD determined there was enough probable cause to take the student into custody for making terroristic threats and transported to Andrew County's detention center, Langston said.

Langston said that while the threat was credible, no actions were taken to complete the threat made.

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