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Cheyenne PD makes statement on school threat

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CASPER, Wyo. — The Cheyenne Police Department has released a statement regarding a report of threats made against a Laramie County, Wyoming school.

According to a Thursday morning release, Cheyenne PD responded to the reports of threats made on South High School students, on November 6, 2019.

“While the initial threats of violence were made from one student to another specific student, the messages were quickly shared amongst students, resulting in a panic that a mass shooting would take place at the school,” the Cheyenne PD said Thursday. “Officers were able to track back the messages to the original sender and are still investigating this student who is cooperating with police.”

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The Cheyenne PD says that they made extra officers available at South High School, and the student involved in making the initial threats was not allowed at the school. Cheyenne PD officials said that they were aware that the regular routine of the school was affected and numerous students did not attend class based on the threats that were spread.

“This case highlights the importance of quickly and accurately reporting threats to law enforcement rather than allowing those threats to grow into rumors and causing further panic,” Cheyenne PD said in a written statement. “The CPD urges anyone receiving a threat of violence to immediately share that with law enforcement so that it can be investigated and followed up on rather than resharing that message amongst peers where it’s rapidly redistributed and altered, delaying the investigative process.”

Cheyenne’s Police Chief, Brian Kozak, went on to say “If the department is aware of a specific threat, we will do everything in our power to address that threat and keep the public informed in order to ensure their safety. If we have reason to believe there is an ongoing threat to the public, that information will be shared as soon as it’s practical for us to do so.”