Student arrested for threatening virtual classrooms

Published: Aug. 21, 2020 at 9:02 PM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - The Anchorage Police have arrested a juvenile male after school resource officers said he had threatened students and staff in multiple virtual classrooms.

The arrest happened Thursday on the first day of school for the Anchorage School District.

The student said he had a gun in his threat, APD said. Alan Brown, a spokesperson for the Anchorage School District, said the juvenile was a student at Dimond High School. The juvenile joined multiple Zoom classrooms and Brown said he made threatening gestures and used profane language before he was removed from the virtual classrooms.

Shortly after the threats were made, they were reported to school resource officers. With the help of the IT department, police were able to identify the suspect.

“We are confident that no students or ASD staff were ever in any physical danger,” Brown said in a statement.

ASD takes these threats seriously, Brown said, noting any threatening behaviour will be investigated by resource officers before disciplinary action is taken.

“These types of online disruptions during any ASD online class setting are completely unacceptable and essentially cheat students out of learning,” Brown said.

Police have arrested the student, and charges have been sent to the Department of Juvenile Justice.

This is a breaking story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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