Student taken into custody for making threat to Hickman High School
COLUMBIA - Police took a 15-year-old student into custody for allegedly posting a threatening message on Facebook while using someone else's phone and Facebook account. The post threatened to shoot students at Hickman High School and included a racial slur, according to a news release from the city.
The release said police contacted the owner of the Facebook account and discovered the owner only had access to the account from his phone. The suspect had stolen the phone.
The owner said he had not posted the message, but believed the suspect had because he had confronted him about stealing the phone.
According to the owner, the suspect sent him a Snapchat of a screenshot of the threatening post with an overlay that said “watch out,” and posted that screenshot to his own Snapchat story.
When officers contacted the suspect, he said he found the phone earlier in the day but threw it away in a dumpster. Police found the phone, which had been reset to factory settings, on the trunk of a car parked in front of the suspect’s residence.
Hickman High School Principal Tony Gragnani sent out this letter to parents:
The 15-year-old is facing legal consequences such as suspicion of making a terroristic threat, stealing, tampering with physical evidence, as well as the additional enhancement for hate crimes. All of these are felonies.
(This article has been updated with the latest information.)