November 18, 2018

Yankton teen in custody after social media threat


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A Yankton girl is facing charges after police say she made a social media threat against a school there.

The teen is in police custody with charges pending against her, Lt. Mike Burgeson of the Yankton Police Department said.

Yankton School District Superintendent Wayne Kindle said the girl is a Yankton High School student and that she has been charged with making a terrorist threat against the high school.

Police became aware of the threat at about 9:45 a.m., Burgeson said. He said he does not believe students were ever in danger.

Kindle said an out-of-town person saw the social media post and reported it to police.

“This person did exactly what every person needs to do,” Kindle said in an email to the Argus Leader. 

The Yankton Press and Dakotan newspaper said a text from the Yankton School District was sent out at 10:41 a.m., saying that school buildings were in a soft lockdown. Students were not allowed to leave the buildings during the lockdown.

A follow-up text sent at 11:31 a.m. said that the lockdown had been lifted and a person had been detained, according to the Press and Dakotan.

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