District, police addressing threat made on social media

Police will be stepping up security Monday at a high school after a threat was made on a social media app.

Pleasant Hill police spokesman Adam Choate said police were alerted of a threat that said there would be a shooting Monday at Southeast Polk High School.

Choate said police have been unable to track down the message, but are using an abundance of caution and will increase officer presence at the school Monday.

Southeast Polk High School Principal Steve Pettit said he couldn’t verify the threat and is working with police to figure out next steps and identify the user who posted the threat.

In an email to students and parents, the district addressed the issue Sunday evening saying:

”While the Pleasant Hill Police Department has rated the threat assessment as low, they have informed us they are taking appropriate measures to keep our staff and students safe and will be providing an increased PHPD presence on the secondary campus throughout this investigation.”

The statement was also posted on the district’s website.

This is the second time in a month that a shooting threat has been made on social media. In October, a Drake University student was arrested and charged after police said he made threats on the Yik Yak app against the university.

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