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Online threat to public school leads to arrest of 13-year-old

Online threat to public school leads to arrest of 13yearold

COLUMBIA, Mo. - UPDATE: A woman claiming to be the mother of the 13-year-old said there was no intended threat when the teen made the post.

She said her son posted song lyrics on Snapchat that happened to include references to guns.

ORIGINAL: The Columbia Police Department took one 13-year-old male into custody Saturday after police say he posted content on social media that was "threatening towards a Columbia Public School, specifically a middle school."

"Although the investigation revealed there was no credible threat," the statement said. "The juvenile's post alarmed others and was perceived as threatening."

The child was taken into custody Saturday for Misdemeanor Peace Disturbance, police say. The Boone County Juvenile Office will handle disposition.

Police say the parents of the child cooperated with the investigation after officers learned he was behind the post.

The Superintendent of Columbia Public Schools sent a letter to parents Friday addressing the social media post. To read the letter, click here.

The statement from police also included the following:

"We want to recognize and thank Columbia Public Schools for their continued work with our department regarding the incidents that have unfolded over the last few days. To all parents, students, and staff who continue to remain vigilant in promptly sharing information with administration and/or the Columbia Police Department, thank you. Together we can continue to ensure this behavior will not be tolerated and our children's safety is our priority. Remember, if you SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING!"


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