BREAKING: Police make arrest of 17-year-old boy in connection with “terroristic threat” that caused Wednesday’s school disruption
Riverton Police arrested a 17-year old male from Riverton tonight in connection with a threatening note discovered in the high school commons area. The note, which triggered a district and community-wide alert Tuesday night, referenced the 1999 Columbine school shooting in which 12 students and one teacher were killed.
Captain Todd Byerly said that the note indicated violence similar in nature could take place at the Riverton High School. That was enough to send school administration and police into high gear alerting staff and parents and kick-starting an investigation.
With the help of students and teachers, officers identified a suspect and later detectives and officers executed a search warrant. After further investigation, the 17-year-old RHS student was arrested tonight and is in custody at this hour.
“This community should not have to suffer the impact yesterday’s events caused each and every one of us. This agency will not tolerate, nor expect the community to tolerate, any form of violence, especially the threat of harm to our children.” — Riverton Police Captain Todd Byerly
The suspect will be charged as a Juvenile Delinquent in connection with “terroristic threats” — which is a felony in Wyoming. The Riverton Police Department worked with Fremont County Attorney Patrick LeBrun to determine the appropriate charge.
Fremont County School District 25 Superintendent Terry Snyder said this should send a message to potential threats going forward.
“We want to make sure everyone knows that when these things come up, we are going to protect our students and staff to the highest level possible,” Snyder said.
He went on to explain, “It took a lot of patience and trust in us as both a school district and a police department to work through this and we’re very appreciative of this result. Without a community effort, that would have been difficult.”
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