Shooting Threat at Meridian School a Hoax
MERIDIAN, Idaho (KTVB) – The Meridian Police Department is investigating a hoax threat made on Twitter regarding a possible shooting at Mountain View High School. One of the tweets sent Sunday night implied that a particular student was going to "shoot up" Mountain View High School on Monday. That student responded by tweeting a photo of a handgun in a backpack, but an image search revealed that picture was taken from the Internet and is not an original photo. West Ada School District spokesman Eric Exline says investigators have determined the threat was a hoax. Police say neither student has access to guns.
Police officers followed up on the tweets early Monday morning and with the two students who they say are involved. The investigation was launched after a KTVB High School Sports producer spotted the tweets and notified police. Officers were able to identify the students, and were at their homes by 1 a.m. Monday to question them. Officers say both students admitted to the tweets, but said they were intended as a joke.