Pocatello police have suspect in School District 25 social media threat incident

Pocatello High School. (Submitted Photo)

Pocatello High School. (Submitted Photo)

By Idaho State Journal Staff

Pocatello police have identified a suspect in the School District 25 threat incident that prompted a visible police presence at some District 25 schools Tuesday.

Pocatello police released the following statement at 3:18 p.m. Tuesday: “A suspect has been identified in the threats made towards School District 25. The suspect has been interviewed and the threats have been resolved. The case is still under investigation by the Pocatello Police Department and no further information will be released today.”

Police provided no information on the identity of the suspect or whether the suspect is a District 25 student. It’s also unclear if the suspect will face any charges.

Neither school district nor police officials would comment on the nature of the threat except to say that it was a threat made via social media against 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 schools were closed Monday for Presidents Day.

District officials said the increased Pocatello police presence was at some of the schools in Pocatello but not all of them. Police and district officials have not specified which schools were threatened.

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

Chubbuck police said Tuesday morning that they had discussed the threat with Pocatello police and as a result Chubbuck officers increased 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 entered a District 25 school on Tuesday was asked to present their ID and state their business before being allowed to access the school.

District officials described the threat level as “heightened awareness.” No District 25 schools were put on lockdown Tuesday and no students were sent home because of the threat.