Local Police Warn Against Making Threats on Social Media


A Snapchat post made Sunday, March 24 told Oakdale Middle School students not to go to school the following Tuesday because there would be a shooting. 

A student saw the post and reported it to their parents who turned it over to the Rogers Police Department. The student responsible for the threat was arrested late Sunday night.

Officer Keith Foster with the Rogers Police Department said these cases are always treated as the worst case scenario to start. Police track down where the post came from and can then determine how valid the threat is based on the person’s access to guns, prior history and any solid plans they may have made.

Foster said this particular threat wasn’t valid but said there are very serious consequences for people who make false claims including criminal charges and expulsion. 

“Think about the disruption it’s going to cause at home with your family,” Officer Foster said. “Now your family is going to have to find new ways or alternative methods for you to get your education.”

Officer Foster said if you see a threat like this, make sure to report it to police right away. 

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