16-year-old girl arrested for SnapChat threat toward East Valley High School

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - A 16-year-old girl was arrested Friday morning for being behind a SnapChat threat toward East Valley High School this week.

Investigators learned the girl made a fake SnapChat account and posted the threat because she "didn't want to go to school." She took a screenshot of the message and shared it with friends, showing the fake account as the sender. Some people continued to share the threat without reporting it to law enforcement officers or school officials, spreading fear.

However, some recipients of the threat did report it, creating an investigation and adding safety precautions for the next day at school.

The girl was booked into the Juvenile Detention Facility for harassment and threats to bomb, both felony charges. 

The investigation continues into these threats as investigators work to see if anyone else was involved.

Spokane Valley Police, Spokane County Sheriff’s Office and School District Officials take the safety of students and staff very seriously and threats like this will not be tolerated. The large amount of fear spread through our community and our schools, in addition to the expansive amount or resources needed to ensure students and staff were safe while the threat was investigated, merely because the suspect didn’t want to go to school, is unbelievable.

We again ask parents to have a conversation with their school age children about social media, threats and the power of their words and actions. Please explain the need to report threats immediately instead of sharing/forwarding them. This only spreads fear while hindering our ability to quickly investigate these threats and keep students and staff safe.

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