Pocatello police investigating social media threat against District 25 schools

Pocatello High School. (Submitted Photo)

Pocatello High School. (Submitted Photo)

By Idaho State Journal Staff

There was a visible Pocatello police presence at some District 25 schools Tuesday morning because of a social media threat.

Neither school nor police officials would comment on the nature of the threat except to say that it was directed at the school district.

Pocatello police said they received the threat over the weekend and decided Tuesday morning to increase their presence at District 25 schools as a result. District 25 officials said the increased Pocatello police presence was at some of the schools in Pocatello but not all of them.

The Journal learned about the increased Pocatello police presence at the schools Tuesday morning via district parents.

Chubbuck police said Tuesday morning that they had discussed the threat with Pocatello police and as a result Chubbuck officers would be increasing their patrols of District 25 schools in Chubbuck. Chubbuck police said from what they understand about the situation the social media threat was against District 25 schools in Pocatello, not Chubbuck.

District officials told the Journal that everyone who enters a District 25 school on Tuesday will have to present their ID and state their business before being allowed to access the school.

District officials said they’re describing the threat level as “heightened awareness” as a result of the threat being investigated by Pocatello police.

As of noon Tuesday no District 25 schools were on lockdown and no students had been sent home because of the threat.