UPDATE (1:44 p.m.) — The Citronelle Police Chief says 18-year-old Kiera Skanes was arrested for making terrorist threats. Skanes is in custody.
Tyler Norris, the Citronelle Police Chief, says a cyber threat was made to the students of Citronelle schools late last night. The Citronelle police department worked with the Cybercrimes Technology Task Force in Mobile and MCPSS. Skanes was identified by 8 a.m. and in jail by 10 a.m.
The chief says she made threats of specific violence to “include gunshots fired by her” on Instagram. The threat came in around 11:00 Sunday night. No specific school was referenced, and the chief says they increased police presence at the elementary, middle, and high schools in Citronelle out of an abundance of caution.
Skanes lives in Citronelle, the chief says she did not specifically say why the threat was made.
Norris says the relationships his department has with the Cybercrimes Technology Task Force and MCPSS are invaluable. “I don’t have all the resources in Citronelle, but I have access to all of them, and I don’t mind reaching out for help. I thank Dir. Kevin Levy and the Mobile Cybercrimes Technology Task Force and Randy Campbell with MCPSS,” said Norris.
The chief says all of the students, faculty and staff are safe and back to normal operations.
UPDATE (11:10 a.m.) — The Mobile County School System says an arrest has been made in connection to the social media threat.
CITRONELLE, Ala. (WKRG) — The Mobile County School System, along with local law enforcement, say they are investigating a social media threat made regarding Citronelle High School.
The school says classes will be held as normal Monday, as they feel safe to do so. As an extra precaution, law enforcement will be on campus throughout the day.
Citronelle Police and Mobile Cyber Crimes units are among those investigating.