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Bismarck student cited for threat against school system; originally thought to be Bottineau threat


BISMARCK -- Police have tied a school-related gun threat made on social media to a Bismarck Public Schools student.

The 16-year-old boy was cited Wednesday evening for terrorizing, a class C felony, after he allegedly posted a Snapchat photo in which he held a gun and made a threat against BPS, said Bismarck Police Lt. Jason Stugelmeyer.

Police originally though the threat was against Bottineau Public School when a Bottineau student saw the post on social media and reported it. Investigators later found out the boy who made the threat actually attended school in Bismarck and was making the threat against the Bismarck Public Schools system.

Bismarck Police Lt. Pat Renz said investigators contacted BPD and officers met with the student at his home, where they allegedly found evidence that the student had made the post. The student was taken to the Youth Correctional Center in Mandan.

Renz said the student appears to be the only person involved in the threat and the incident remains under investigation.