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Latest: Stevens Point threat ‘not credible,’ originated in North Carolina

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WSAU/WAOW) — Officials with Stevens Point’s Police Department and the Stevens Point Area School District, offered more information on Friday’s district-wide lockout after reports of a school threat.

Officials said the threat, which turned out to be a hoax, initially gained steam at Stevens Point Area Senior High.

Officials said a 16-year-old male student was initially detained, but was later found to be uninvolved in the incident.

Stevens Point police now consider the incident “not credible,” and say that the threat originated in another state.

Police said in the presser that the original post (pictured below) was two weeks old and from Wilmington, North Carolina. They say a Snapchat post called for a planned shooting at 12:00, and was reposted and shared. Police say several local students were aware of the post and notified school officials.

A statement from Stevens Point PD says: “As of 8:42 a.m. the District has been placed in an all buildings lock-out.

Lockout means all students are inside, all outside doors are locked and classes continue as usual for the day. Elementary students will be brought into the buildings as they arrive.

During a lockout no individuals are allowed in or out of the buildings until further notice.

This action is being taken in response to a threat. We are working with local law enforcement and believe this is the safest option for our students and staff at this time.”

The lockout, which affected 13 schools in the district, was lifted a short time later. They say there is no risk to students.

Chris Watkins

Social Media & Digital Content Manager

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