Lake Havasu Unified School District says Snapchat photo not a local threat

February 8, 2019

A Snapchat photo sparked a parent’s concern in Lake Havasu City Wednesday evening about a possible threat directed at Lake Havasu High School. The person reportedly contacted the local police department, which then investigated the issue by trolling social media sites, among other tactics.

“A juvenile saw the photo, told the parent and the parent called the police,” said Sgt. Tom Gray of the Havasu police department.

Detectives determined that the photo in question originated in Washoe County, Nevada. A threatening message was written on a wall at Spanish Springs High School, photographed and posted on Snapchat. Sgt. Tom Gray of the Havasu police department described the message, saying it read “School shooting tomorrow Feb. 7, 2019,” and made reference to Columbine High School.

Law enforcement and school officials concluded that the menace was not connected to Havasu in any way.

“It was not considered a threat (here),” said Diana Asseier, superintendent of the Lake Havasu Unified School District. “But some (Havasu) students were concerned, so the police department stepped up its presence on campus this morning.”

Sgt. Gray confirmed that extra patrol cars were dispatched to the high school in the afternoon as well to be present when students were dismissed for the day. He also noted that Washoe County officials were still investigating the scrawled message at Spanish Springs High School and that its author had not yet been found.

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