Special needs student's threat prompts "shelter in place" order at Rocky Mountain High

Posted at 1:10 PM, Sep 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-02 16:02:59-04

Meridian Police officers say a text from a special needs student to a friend at Rocky Mountain High School prompted a "shelter in place" order at the school.

According to investigators, the mother of the Rocky Mountain student alerted the school of the text her child received from the special needs student at another West Ada school.  

Officers say the student texted that he had "an attack helicopter" which he planned to use to attack Rocky Mountain High.  Investigators found the threat not to be credible.

Six On Your Side originally learned of the incident after a parent of a Rocky Mountain student forwarded an email from the school, sharing an alert issued regarding a potential threat on campus.

According to the alert, Friday morning, at approximately 11:30 a.m., administrators at the school learned of a text message circulating through the school, which implied the potential threat.

School administrators alerted the Meridian Police Department of the implied threat and place the school into a "shelter in place" status.  This means all doors were locked and students were not allowed to move around the building.

After assessing situation, investigators determined there were no credible threats.  An all clear was issued at approximately 12:15 p.m. 

Meridian Police say it's unlikely charges will be filed against the special needs student.  Officers tell us the school district will handle any discipline in relation to the incident.