SARALAND, Ala. (WKRG) – Some tense moments at a local high school Tuesday, after staff was notified of a possible threat on social media. That threat forced Saraland High School into a soft lockdown for much of the school day.
Saraland Police says that a 16-year-old boy was taken into custody for making a terrorist threat. The school district credits students for their quick thinking.
“We had several students come to us come to our administration and tell us about it,” said Dr. Aaron Milner, the Saraland City Schools Superintendent.
The threat was made on Snapchat, and Saraland High School students jumped into action, alerting school officials first thing Tuesday morning.
“They immediately came to us, not just out of their own concern, the concern of their fellow students for the concern for their school,” said Dr. Milner.
The school did go into a soft lockdown, meaning the school day was normal, but doors were locked and police were on campus as a precaution.
“It’s good that they take it to that extreme because you know it could have been something serious,” said Lindsay Holloman, a parent of a student at Saraland High School.
Holloman has a 15-year-old student at the school, she says she found out about the threat when she dropped off her kid for school. She says she was happy with the school’s response.
“It’s always a concern, every time you send your kids to school. That’s just something that you know, all you can do is pray,” said Holloman.
Police have arrested a 16-year-old boy in connection with the threat at Saraland High School. According to police, the boy made vague threats on Snapchat to do some type of physical harm or damage to the school.
“We have no choice to be vigilant, we have no choice but to take everything seriously. That’s our job, we accept that,” said Dr. Milner.
The threat did not name a specific person. The boy under arrest is believed to be a former student. He’s charged with making a terrorist threat.