Sparta schools were in a classroom hold yesterday morning while authorities investigated a threat via social media. At around 8 a.m. on Monday, Sparta Police said they received a call from the Sparta High School principal about threats to school safety through pictures a student sent on social media. A 14-year-old Sparta student sent photographs to some friends through Snap Chat. “The Snap Chat was showing pictures of different firearms with the caption, ‘it’s going to be a fun day at school,'” said Sparta Police Chief, David Kuderer. The student was found in a classroom and taken into custody.
The district alerted parents to stay away from the building and that everything was ok.
Sparta Area School District posted this update on their Facebook Page:
“The Sparta Area School District was in a classroom hold for approximately 1.5 hours this morning while school officials and law enforcement searched for a student who made direct threats to the school, including images of weapons, over social media. The student was apprehended by law enforcement in the school. Due to the nature of the threats and the fact that the whereabouts of the individual were unknown, the district and law enforcement cooperatively made the decision to implement a classroom hold in all buildings in the district. Incidents like the one that occurred this morning are alarming. Fortunately, the district and local first responders have been working together diligently to prepare for just such an incident. Responses were appropriate, cooperation was high, and the individual in question was located and removed without harm or injury. No shots were fired and no one was injured. Thank you for your patience as we addressed this situation and for your understanding as we worked to keep all of our students and staff safe.”