VANCEBURG –A Lewis County juvenile was arrested in connection with an alleged threat against Lewis County High School made on social media Sunday.
Sheriff Johnny Bivens said the arrest was made Monday night following an investigation lasting nearly 24 hours.
According to Bivens, the suspect is not the student whose name was associated with the threat.
“The juvenile that is in custody has said they created a fictitious Snapchat account and posted the threat under the name of a student at Lewis County High School,” Bivens said.
An investigation was launched after a threat was posted on the social media application Snapchat on Sunday night.
Snapchat is a social media application for IOS and Android where users send each other pictures that expire after a short time. Users can also post photos to their “story” that are viewable by friends for 24 hours. A screen capture, which saves the photo to a user’s device, is what circulated on various social media platforms Sunday night.
According to Sheriff Johnny Bivens, the post was made in the name of a student at LCHS but was most likely posted by another person using the student’s name to create a fictitious account.
The post was made under the name of a student at the high school. It was determined that the post was made by another person using the student’s name to create a fictitious account, according to Bivens.
LCHS principal Jack Lykins said he received news of the threat around the same time as Bivens.
“We have been working closely with Sheriff Bivens and our school resource officer in this matter,” Lykins said.
Lykins said that any threats against students and staff are taken very seriously and that the school is making sure all necessary steps are being taken to ensure safety for students and personnel in the district.
“Sheriff Bivens has worked tirelessly on this matter since Sunday night and is continuing to follow-up on all leads concerning this incident,” said Lewis County Schools Superintendent Jamie Weddington.
Bivens said the investigation is ongoing and declined to release further information on the suspect in custody.
Students and parents are encouraged to report any possible threats to school officials and law enforcement so appropriate steps can be taken to identify and deal with potential threats.
Anyone with information concerning Sunday’s incident is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 606-796-2912.