School threat investigation leads to arrest of Central High student

RAPID CITY, S.D. – The latest on Horace Mann Elementary and Central High School being placed into secure status.

4:10 p.m.

Police say Thursday’s incidents involving Horace Mann Elementary and Central High School were separate.

A child was reportedly seen in the 800 block of Mallow Street carrying what appeared to be a handgun. The person who called this in to police tried speaking with the child, but the child walked away in the direction of Horace Mann. Police placed the school into secure status and checked the surrounding neighborhoods but did not find the child.

At the same time, police received a report that a teen was sending threatening messages to two fellow students at Central High. In those messages, a gun was mentioned. The high school was placed on secure status.

The student in question was found at his home and was taken into custody on existing warrants.

A short time after the secure status was lifted at both schools, police received a report of a gunshot heard near Horace Mann. The school was placed into secure status a second time as police investigated the claim. Officers searched but didn’t find any evidence that a firearm had been discharged. With no other reports of gunfire, the school resumed normal activity.

“Parents should know that the Rapid City Police Department takes all threats to student safety seriously,” says Lt. Eli Diaz of the RCPD’s Patrol Division. “In both of these incidents, going into secure status was the right call. After further follow-up in both these cases, it is not believed there exists any lingering threat to the safety of the public.”


1 person detained after gun threat reported near RC schools

11:50 a.m.

After officers cleared both schools and determined there was no safety threat, they detained someone.

But Pennington County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Chris Hislip says “it’s important for parents to know that there is not a continuing threat and that there’s no need for alarm at this time.”


RCPD give all-clear after reported gun threat near schools

10:15 a.m.

Two Rapid City schools were placed into secure status Thursday after someone reported a person with a gun in the area. But police say there is no threat to the schools.

Police received the report around 10 a.m. and placed Horace Mann Elementary and Central High School on secure status. That means outside doors were locked, visitors to campus were escorted and movement in the building was limited. Classroom activity continued.

The Rapid City Police Department tweeted that they searched the area and determined there was not a threat. They’re investigating the claim.

Both schools had an officer on scene throughout the incident.

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