Teen arrested after alleged threat

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COEUR d'ALENE — A male Lake City High student was arrested Thursday morning after allegedly making reference to a gun while verbally threatening another student.

"While the student made reference to a gun during the threat, at no point did the student have a gun on campus nor does he have any known access," Principal Deanne Clifford wrote in a message to school families.

School officials said the boy was arrested around 9:30 a.m. across Ramsey Road from the school after he fled when officials were attempting to detain him.

The school is working with Coeur d'Alene Police on the case.

"While this is an isolated incident and there is no ongoing threat, we will have additional police presence at school today and tomorrow to reassure students that they are safe," Clifford wrote.

Any time a student threatens with violence, the school follows

district disciplinary procedures. Any student who makes threats is immediately suspended, restricted from accessing school district property and can be expelled.

The school board will make a determination on the final disciplinary action.

School officials said more details on the case could not be released due to student confidentiality laws.

School District spokesman Scott Maben said the student allegedly made the threats at school on Thursday morning shortly before his arrest. As soon as school staff were made aware of the threat, staff members attempted to detain the student.

The school was not locked down, nor were individual classrooms because there was no immediate threat to others at the school. The arrest came shortly after he'd left the school.

The incident is the latest in a string of recent threats and arrests involving Lake City High students.

However, school and police officials said there is no indication that Thursday's incident is related to the threats in early October.

Police Detective Jared Reneau said a suspect involved in a social media threat on Oct. 8 toward the school and a cheerleader has not been identified and an investigation continues.

"That was the threat using the anonymous social media app developed by a company based outside the U.S.," Maben wrote in an email. "We could not determine if that threat came from a student."

Three students were expelled in other cases using social media apps to send messages threatening classmates.

The series of threats, which began Oct. 6, led school officials to tighten security at the school. Lake City High students were not allowed to leave campus at lunchtime and cellphone use was restricted.

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