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Chugiak High student arrested after school threat on Snapchat

  • Author: Matt Tunseth
  • Updated: January 12
  • Published January 11

A male student from Chugiak High School was arrested after making a threat on social media, police say. The threat on Snapchat involved the school, students and staff.

The Anchorage School District notified the Anchorage Police Department around 8 p.m. Thursday, according to a police update posted Friday morning. Police found the student at his home, interviewed him and arrested him.

Charges were forwarded to the state Department of Juvenile Justice. A police spokeswoman said the department had no further information on the incident.

Acting Chugiak principal Allison Susel said the after-hours threat was reported to the district office by “a community member" Thursday evening and the district immediately alerted police.

“The reaction time from somebody seeing the threat to APD handling it was so fast I think it really reassured everybody,” Susel said Friday.

Parents and staff were notified of the situation in a Friday morning email, said Susel, who did not detail the nature of the alleged threat.

About 900 students attend Chugiak High, which currently houses an additional 600 students from quake-damaged Gruening Middle School. Susel said APD sent a school resource officer to the school because Chugiak’s regular SRO is off on Fridays. Aside from that, she said the impact on the school day was minimal.

“There hasn’t really been any reaction, thanks to the person who brought it forward,” she said.

Susel said the school district was handling any potential discipline against the student.

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