By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
A Rock Springs youth was recently arrested and charged with making terroristic threats, the Rock Springs Police Department announced.
According to department officials, police were notified during the holiday break about threats of school violence circulating on social media in the Sweetwater County School District No. 1 area.
Department officials did not immediately return Cowboy State Daily’s request for comment about the situation on Tuesday.
The investigation culminated in the arrest of a Rock Springs juvenile, who was charged with one count of making terroristic threats, a felony offense that comes with a maximum prison sentence of three years.
Nicole Bolton, SCSD1 human resources director, told Cowboy State Daily on Tuesday that she could not release any information about which school the student attended or what type of threats were made. She added she felt confident everyone in the district was safe.
“When there is a threat of safety or well-being to a school, it becomes an immediate priority,” Bolton said. “Everything is always fully investigated in cooperation with law enforcement.”
Any students involved in making or spreading such threats could face expulsion from the school district in addition to criminal charges.
The police department asked the public and parents to report any posts regarding school violence to law enforcement or a school staff member and to monitor all of their children’s online activity.