Winona High student arrested for social media message about shooting up school

October 31, 2018 GMT

A 15-year-old Winona Senior High School student was arrested Wednesday morning after making reference to shooting up the school in a Snapchat message, the Winona Police Department said in a release.

According to Police Chief Paul Bostrack, the police department responded to a call at the high school at 7:42 a.m. Wednesday. A student contacted a school official that morning and showed them the threatening Snapchat video.

Bostrack said the suspect was identified and located at a residence in the city of Winona a few minutes later. He was taken into custody, transported to the Winona County Jail and will be referred to the Winona County Attorney’s office for threats of violence.

“The student that brought the video to the attention of school staff did exactly the right thing and was very instrumental in bringing a quick and safe resolution to a very serious situation,” Bostrack said.

WAPS superintendent Rich Dahman, in a statement to the Winona Daily News, said the district appreciated “the immediate, effective response from the Winona Police Department” and “the student who reported the threat to school officials.”

“This reinforces the importance of ‘if you see something, say something,’ and also the importance of building strong, positive relationships between students and staff,” Dahman said. “This is something that our staff excels at, in all of our schools.”

Dahman added that school counselors at WSHS are available throughout the day for any students who would like to discuss the situation.

This is a developing story and may be updated throughout the day.