Black Hawk Middle School student sends threatening Snapchats, officials say

MADISON, Wis. - A 13-year-old boy was arrested Friday afternoon after posting images on social media of him holding a fake gun and making vague threats against Black Hawk Middle School, police said.

Investigators said there was no actual threat to staff or students of Black Hawk Middle School.

The 13-year-old told police it was a joke and he was trying to be funny, according to a release.

Black Hawk Principal Jamie Sims sent an email about the incident to families Friday about the incident.

“I wanted to reach out to you about something that was brought to our attention this evening. There is no legitimate safety threat to our school, but I want to communicate openly with you so we all have the same information,” Sims said in the email.

Sims said the threat and images were sent over Snapchat.

Several staff members and parents alerted school officials to the messages, which prompted them to contact police, according to the email.

“Based on the police investigation, there is no threat to our school, and we are taking the appropriate follow-up steps with the student and family,” the email said.

Sims asked parents to continue talking with students about the seriousness of spreading threatening information like this on social media.

“Your child’s safety continues to be our highest priority, and please know that we take all reports seriously,” Sims said. “Thank you to the staff that immediately reported.”

The 13-year-old was arrested on a tentative charge of unlawful use of computerized communication systems. He was taken to the Juvenile Reception Center.

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