Student in custody after threat to ‘shoot up’ football game

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WENTZVILLE, Mo. — There were tense moments in the Wentzville School District after authorities say a social media threat was made to shoot up a high school football game tonight.

The Holt High School game against Timberland is the game that the threat was made against. Notifications went home to families about the incident. The person who made the threat has been caught but there is extra security at the game.

Investigators say a Holt High School student saw a Snapchat post saying that the Holt football game was going to get shot up.
That student told authorities who quickly went to work.

Investigators traced the post to a Timberland High School Student.  Wentzville police arrested the student at Timberland.

Wentzville School District Superintendent Curtis Cain praised the student who noticed the post for speaking up.

"The fact that the student felt comfortable and understood the importance that they saw something and it was important to say something that piece I am very proud of," said Superintendent Curtis Cain. "The investigation did reveal, later when we arrested him in the school, he wasn't arrested with any weapons at that time or anything."

Wentzville Police were already planning to have extra security at the game because of the large crowd expected and recent problems at other area football events. But after what happened even more officers were at the game.

Wentzville Police Chief Kurt Frisz and Superintendent Cain put out a video at the beginning of the school year talking about reporting threats and threats being taken seriously.  District parents at the game applauded the response of authorities to this incident.

The notice sent home to parents called what the Timberland student allegedly did, "A case of very poor judgment."
Wentzville Police say the TImberland student who allegedly posted the threat was turned over to juvenile authorities and was charged as a juvenile with making a terrorist threat. Fortunately, nobody was hurt.

 

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