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One Arrested After Threat Toward Darby Schools

Smartphone with social media icons.
Smartphone with social media icons.

Ravalli County Sheriff Steve Holton says an 18-year-old Darby High School senior has been arrested on a felony charge after he made a social media threat toward the school district.

A press release from the Sheriff’s office says, “school officials were made aware of a SnapChat message that had been received by other students.  The message referenced the recent school shooting in Florida, and implied a threat of violence to the Darby School District.”

Sheriff Holton said school officials acted immediately by reporting the information to the Darby Marshal's Office, as well as suspending the suspect and restricting him from school properties and functions.  As more information was received, the alleged threat was deemed serious and credible enough to require bringing the suspect into custody to assure safety for the community. 

The press release says there is no reason to believe there are additional suspects or threats regarding this incident.  

The press release says that the as-yet unidentified suspect is currently being held on a felony charge of assault with a weapon, "due to causing reasonable apprehension of serious bodily injury or death with the use of a weapon."  The suspect is expected to be arraigned in Ravalli County Justice Court within the next few days and the sheriff’s office says that additional information will be available at that time.

Sheriff Holton asked that anyone with additional information about this incident contact the Ravalli County Sheriff's Office ((406) 375-4060) or Darby Marshal's Office

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