Teen detained in alleged threat against Ninilchik School
A teenage student of the main school in Ninilchik has been held this week in connection with threats made against the facility, according to Alaska State Troopers.
Word of the Ninilchik School threat reached troopers at about 4:20 p.m. Tuesday, according to an online dispatch.
“The investigation showed a 12-year-old male student had repeatedly made threatening statements about the school and that he was going to bring a gun to school,” troopers wrote.
Troopers consulted with the state Division of Juvenile Justice and subsequently remanded the teen to the Kenai Youth Facility, in what the dispatch described as a case of terroristic threatening.
Troopers spokesman Tim DeSpain said Thursday afternoon that the student had relayed the threat in person to other students. Details were still pending on both the nature of the threat and whether the student could have carried it out, but DeSpain said he wasn’t on school grounds when he was taken into custody.
“Multiple students were interviewed and reported the male student talked about bringing a gun to school,” DeSpain said. “Whether he had access to a gun or any of that is still under investigation.”
Kenai Peninsula Borough School District spokeswoman Pegge Erkeneff said no lockdown or evacuation of the school was necessary, and that students have been informed of the incident. A counselor was on hand for students, who range from kindergarteners to high-school seniors.
“We learned about it at the end of the school day,” Erkeneff said. “The school was safe for students and staff; we worked closely with troopers and are in communication with them.”
Erkeneff said the district hasn’t decided on any disciplinary action against the student, pending the outcome of the judicial proceedings.
The district has posted an overview of its emergency policies on its Facebook page.
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