(Republic, Mo.--02/19/18) A 13 year old student within the Republic Public School District was arrested for making a terroristic threat Sunday morning after posting a threatening video on social media.
Lieutenant Tim Wheeler, Republic Police Department, says a citizen alerted authorities about a social media threat made by a local 13-year old.. He says the teen sent a threatening video that he would shoot up a school with an AK47.
"Social media is changing daily and it’s just important for the kids to understand that they’re responsible for what they post," explains Lt. Wheeler.
Law enforcement agencies are not taking any potential copycat shooting threats lightly.
"This is not a joke at all and we take these serious and to the point this juvenile was detained and was taken to a juvenile center."
Authorities seized guns and other evidence from the student's home. That student remains in juvenile custody.
"These are our babies, our youth, our children, our young men and women, and safety is number one and as you see potential threats of safety arise across our nation obviously that’s concerning," explains Dr. Chance Wistrom, Superintendent of Republic Public Schools.
Dr Wistrom is sending a clear message encouraging everyone to promote situational awareness.
"So that we can empower them by the knowledge that all of us have a role in safety and looking out and if we see something that’s a eschew or just doesn’t seem right that we report those things."
Although some parents like Mark Zona still sent their kids to school, they are still concerned about the threat made against the middle school.
"If it happens again no I wont make her go to school no more, I’ll home school her if I have to. This is just getting to out of control," adds Zona.
As an abundance of caution Republic Schools administrators say they would have heightened security while Zona says he didn't notice a difference.
"I thought there was going to be more security today look around there’s no other police officers here, none."
Police say the teen was taken into custody for a first degree terroristic threat and the investigation is ongoing.