Chugiak student arrested after alleged Snapchat threat

Friday, January 11, 2019 - 13:31
  • Chugiak High School. (Star file photo/Matt Tunseth)

A Chugiak High student was arrested Friday after allegedly making threats via the message sharing platform Snapchat.

According to an Anchorage Police Department Nixle notification, police were notified at around 8 p.m. Thursday that a male student from the school had “posted a threat against the school, its students and its staff.”

Police said the student was located at his home, interviewed by police and arrested with unspecified charges forwarded to the Department of Juvenile Justice.

Police did not say what kind of specific threats were made or offer more details.

Snapchat is a a common smartphone app that allows users to upload short videos that disappear in a predetermined amount of time.

Acting Chugiak principal Allison Susel said the after-hours threat was reported to the district office by “a community member” Thursday evening and the district immediately alerted police.

“The reaction time from somebody seeing the threat to APD handing it was so fast I think it really reassured everybody,” Susel said Friday.

Parents and staff were notified of the situation in a Friday morning email, said Susel, who did not detail the nature of the alleged threat.

About 900 students attend Chugiak High, which currently houses an additional 600 students from quake-damaged Gruening Middle School. Susel said APD sent a school resource officer to the school because Chugiak’s regular SRO is off on Fridays. Aside from that, she said the impact on the school day was minimal.

“There hasn’t been any reaction thanks to the person who brought it forward,” she said.

Susel said the school district was handing any potential discipline against the student.

Email Star editor Matt Tunseth at editor@alaskastar.com or call 257-4274.

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