Meidl says student “did not have the capacity” to carry out threats made toward LCHS

Meidl says student “did not have the capacity” to carry out threats made toward LCHS

Spokane Police Chief Craig Meidl said on Wednesday that, after speaking to the student accused of making social media threats toward Lewis and Clark High School, that student did not have the capacity to carry out the threats.

The chief also said the student confessed to making the threats but told police detectives he didn’t mean to follow through with them.

“This is another indication of what we’re seeing nationwide of juveniles using social behavior to engage in impulsive and overly destructive behavior that is creating a ripple effect for the entire community,” Meidl said.

The boy is a juvenile and will not be identified. He was not arrested, and has not been charged with a crime. Charges will be forwarded to the prosecutor’s office. Meidl did say the boy was taken to a local hospital.

“Spokane Police detectives worked with the family to get the juvenile the help that he needed,” Meidl said.

The boy was interviewed by police after two days of investigation. Meidl says every threat is treated seriously by law enforcement.

“Every law enforcement agency has to take every single threat very, very seriously. The one threat that any law enforcement agency or any community member dismisses could be that one that could have stopped a potential mass shooting again,” he said.