TWO CENTRALIA TEENS INVOLVED IN SCHOOL SOCIAL MEDIA PRANK

CENTRALIA – Charges against a 17-year old boy and a 14 year old girl are under consideration by the Lewis County Prosecutor after they were identified as being behind a threatening social media post on Monday. Lewis County Sheriff’s detectives determined a gun showed in a Snapchat picture was a pellet gun. The caption under the photo read “don’t come to school tomorrow.” Centralia High school Principal Josue Lowe wrote to student families saying that the post was a prank or hoax and is not a credible threat. Both teens have been removed from school. “Every action that we take is in the name of keeping our students and staff safe on a day to day basis and we take that responsibility very seriously”, Lowe added. Sheriff’s Chief Dusty Breen says the teens had taken the pellet rifle to practice shooting when the 14-year old took a picture of the 17 year old holding the rifle and posted in on line. The post was then shared among other students. The boy then told school officials. The Centralia School District is currently in the process of hiring a safety and security officer. In Chehalis Schools, an armed officer has been watching over the district campuses for the past 7 years. Superintendent Christine Moloney says staff and students appreciate the officer on patrol, as “Another person they (students) can go to if they have any concerns or issues.” When the Centralia social media prank was shared among Chehalis students on Tuesday, the Superintendent says schools went on a modified lockdown with all external doors shut and locked. Moloney added, “we will always err on the side of safety.” Moloney says Chehalis Schools are hiring a second security officer, while school administrators in both districts remind families to discuss appropriate use of social media.

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