Twin Falls High School locked down as police investigate threat

Posted at 3:37 PM, Dec 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-09 17:37:13-05

Twin Falls High School went on lockdown after the district became aware of threats made against the school on social media.

Police say the district was alerted to threats made on social media around 8:30 a.m. and began investigating, initially advising classes be canceled for the day. After an investigation began, Twin Falls Police Department asked students be kept inside the building, according to TFPD. Sawtooth Elementary School went into a "soft lockdown" as a precautionary measure, police say.

Parents of students at the school received two notifications of each plan and were asked not to come to the school to avoid interference in the investigation.

Twin Falls police took a male TFHS student into custody for making the threats around 11:55 a.m., according to police. Police say no weapons were found on the campus and there were no injuries. Police and the administration continue to investigate to ensure no one else was involved. Per policy, police cannot release the student's identity or nature of the threat, according to the news release.

"TFSD administration encourages parents to talk with your student about this incident and remind them that if they see or hear anything that might endanger the safety of our schools to report it immediately," according to a statement from officials. "We are grateful for those who reported the threat on social media so that law enforcement could take immediate action. Students who are feeling any anxiety or stress should contact their school counselor or a trusted adult."

Officials say there will be school Dec. 10.