Threat investigated at Box Elder school

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CORRECTION: NewsCenter1 originally reported that the tip about a threat was called in by the parents of the student who allegedly made the threat. Instead, the tip came from the parent of a different student. The story below has been corrected.

BOX ELDER, S.D. - Law enforcement investigated a school shooting threat to the Douglas School System on Wednesday.

The incident happened before the first bell at Douglas High School. The juvenile who made the threat was interviewed by Pennington County school resource officers and Box Elder Police. Authorities determined that there was not an ongoing threat.

Authorities were tipped off by the parent of a Douglas High School student, who learned of the threat in conversations with their child and called the Box Elder Police Department. After following leads on social media, the Pennington County Sheriff's Office responded as well.

“We take all school threats seriously,” said PCSO Capt. Corey Brubakken. “We work hard to keep a safe learning environment for students and staff.”

Douglas High School continues normal operations. The Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the matter to determine if criminal charges are appropriate. 

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