RCAS releases details behind threat against North Middle School

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RAPID CITY, S.D. — Rapid City Area Schools Superintendent Dr. Lori Simon has released further details to the public regarding the social media threats directed at North Middle School Friday morning, leading to a closure of the entire district.

In a letter to parents released Friday afternoon, Dr. Simon said she received a message at 5:15 a.m. Friday morning, with a TikTok post of a threat to “North Middle School”. Dr. Simon immediately contacted law enforcement, who began their investigation.

At the point when a school decision needed to be made (some bus routes had already begun), law enforcement was still investigating what they perceived at the time could be a credible threat. Given the information I had at the time when a decision had to be made, I made the decision to cancel school today to ensure the safety of our students and staff.

Investigation by law enforcement since determined that the threat originated in Sioux City, Iowa, and was specifically related to the North Middle School there, where a student has been arrested and is facing criminal charges.

Dr. Simon encouraged parents to monitor their children’s use of social media and to remind them of both the importance of reporting suspicious behavior or threats, as well as reminding children that any threat of violence will be taken seriously and result in serious consequences.

RCAS is among many districts forced to react days after a Tik Tok post made threats towards schools nationwide for December 17.

Douglas School District in nearby Box Elder has reported that Douglas High School was also threatened. After consulting with law enforcement, administrators continued classes in Douglas Schools for the remainder of the day with an increased law enforcement presence.

 

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