Douglas schools placed on secure status due to alleged threat
UPDATE (1:30 p.m.) — More information about the nature of the threat at Douglas High School.
Superintendent Alan Kerr told NewsCenter1 that a student had received a threat from a 28-year-old man on Snapchat, allegedly saying that he would come to the school and hurt the student. School officials were told of the threat at 9:50 a.m. and the district’s schools were secured.
Police went to the 28-year-old man’s home to speak with him, but he claims he knows nothing about the threat. Police say that there is no imminent threat to students or schools, and they continue to investigate the incident. The secure status for the schools was lifted as of 11:37 a.m.
Kerr said that this is the second time this year that the Douglas School District has placed a secure status on its schools. He said that in the case of social media, any perceived threat has to be taken seriously and thoroughly investigated with law enforcement.
BOX ELDER, S.D. – Due to an alleged threat against the high school, Douglas School District officials say all district buildings were placed on secure status Tuesday morning.
In a Facebook post, the district and law enforcement asked families stay away from the campus until the status is lifted.
Officials did not describe the nature of the threat, but law enforcement are actively investigating.
Secure status means no one is allowed to enter or exit the building, and students are limited in their movements within the school.
The secure status was lifted as of 11:37 a.m.
NewsCenter1 is at the scene and will bring you the latest information as it becomes available.