1 arrested in Grand Saline after clown threats on social media

1 arrested in Grand Saline after clown threats on social media

GRAND SALINE, TX (KLTV) - One person has been arrested in Grand Saline after making threats against two school districts on social media.

The Grand Saline Police Department began investigating after Instagram user Killer_clown_gshs posted a threat against Grand Saline and Van ISDs, threatening to "shoot up" the schools. The account has since been closed.

A male student was arrested, officials said. His identity has not been released. Police said they believe the student acted alone.

Grand Saline ISD posted a statement on the arrest to a social media account.

"Grand Saline ISD parents and community,

Grand Saline Police Department has arrested the individual responsible for the social media threats. We will continue to be on heightened awareness as the state and country continue to experience similar hoaxes. Thank you for your patience and for allowing us to educate your children."

Later, Grand Saline Police Department released information that the arrest was made for terroristic threat, even though the person likely had no intention to carry out the threat. Police said that they will never take threats against the children of the city lightly.

In full, the statement for police said,

Even though there was no intention on carrying the threat out we will never take threats against our children lightly. We believe this person has acted alone in their actions. We would like to inform the public that this is happening all over our state and country. Police were in place at our schools and other school districts were notified as well. Police remain in place at our school as we speak. We would like to thank the Grand Saline Independent School District for their support and assistance in this matter as well as the Van Zandt County Sheriff's Department.

GSPD earlier posted a message to parents via social media saying, "The social media threats made against our schools are being investigated. Police are present on campus. We are being assisted by the Van Zandt Sheriff's Department and State Police."

Despite rumors circulating on social media, Grand Saline ISD Superintendent Micah Lewis said the school was not placed on lockdown. He said the quick arrest was the result of cooperation between agencies.

"It's a testament to our high school principal, police department and sheriff's office working together," Lewis said.

Lewis said that although the district was confident the threats were a hoax, the district was on heightened alert during the investigation and officers were on campus throughout the morning.

Van ISD confirmed Tuesday that the school was not on a special or high-level lockdown, but administrators and local law enforcement agencies are aware of the threats. The district says campuses are always on a low-level lockdown.

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