Social media content leads to arrest of 3 White Hall students, district says
White Hall Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are examining social media content that led to the arrest of three students at White Hall High School on Thursday.
According to a statement from the White Hall School District, the students were arrested for “content placed on their personal social media platforms.” White Hall Police Chief Greg Shapiro said federal and state law enforcement officials informed his department of the social media threats posted on the Yik Yak app.
“The threats may have involved White Hall High School,” Shapiro said in another statement. “An investigation was immediately opened.
School officials and authorities did not disclose exactly what was released.
School resource officers and White Hall Police criminal investigators identified the students but did not name them, according to Shapiro. Police confirmed that all were minors, adding that the teenagers had been arrested without incident from White Hall High.
“Their parents were notified and everyone involved cooperated with the investigation,” Shapiro said. “During the investigation, no weapons were located and no current or future threats to the safety of the school were identified.”
School officials did not specify the nature of the content and referred the questions to authorities, citing student confidentiality. The district, however, said the students would not be returning to campus and that the district is cooperating with local police and the FBI.
“The White Hall School District will do whatever is necessary to ensure the safety of our students and staff,” the district statement read.
Shapiro added that the cases have been referred to juvenile court, although the investigation is ongoing.
“WHPD takes threats against our school [sic] seriously and will exhaust all available resources to maintain the safety of our students, staff and faculty in the White Hall School District, ”Shapiro said.