Arrest made for threats against Williston High School

Williston Police Department has made an arrest in its investigation into threatening messages circulating on social media about Williston High School.

According to a release from Williston police Tuesday afternoon, a juvenile male is in custody and is being cited with three counts of terrorizing. The release indicated that further charges are expected.

The investigation began in the late evening on Monday after the social media posts were reported to authorities.

The Minot Police Department also released a statement on Tuesday morning on Facebook saying they were working alongside Minot Public Schools in responding to a possible threat shared on social media. The department’s initial statement said it was believed the threat originated in another community and was forwarded to Minot residents.

While the reports were being investigated in Williston there was an increased police presence at Minot schools, and Minot police indicated they would be taking extra precautionary measures as well but did not include what they may be.

Minot Police Department Sgt. Dale Plessus confirmed to The Minot Daily News that the threat in question was the same one being investigated by authorities in Williston. While the threat didn’t directly mention Minot area schools, Plessus said images of the post had spread over Snapchat to Minot residents and students all the same.

“We don’t want to not take things like this seriously. The school doesn’t want to not take it seriously. The consequences are too high,” Plessus said.


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