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Anchorage middle school student arrested for online threat, police say

  • Author: Annie Zak
  • Updated: April 1, 2019
  • Published April 1, 2019

A Goldenview Middle School student was arrested Monday for posting a threat on social media, Anchorage police said.

“This morning we had a report that a student posted an image on social media (that) stated ‘Don’t show up to school today,’” Anchorage School District spokeswoman Catherine Esary said in an emailed statement.

School staff notified the Anchorage Police Department of the threat at 8:41 a.m., APD said in an alert. An APD school resource officer responded to the South Anchorage school, and the boy’s parents were notified, police said.

“The suspect was removed from class, an interview with the student was conducted, and he was subsequently arrested,” police said.

No weapons were found in the student’s possession or locker, police said. Asked what the boy was charged with, APD spokeswoman Renee Oistad said the department cannot release any more information because the case involves a juvenile.

Charges were forwarded to the state’s Division of Juvenile Justice, police said. That department is within the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.