HAMILTON - A juvenile male in Southern California is responsible for the SnapChat threat to Darby Schools on February 20, according to Ravalli County Sheriff Steve Holton.
He said in a statement released Tuesday that the 14-year-old suspect does “not pose a viable threat to the community.” Ravalli County investigators worked with the Los Angeles Police department on the investigation, where the juvenile is located.
The suspect has connections to a 18-year-old Maclean William Kayser, a Darby High School senior who was arrested and charged with two felonies in mid-February for making both verbal and social media threats toward students and Darby schools.
Kayser had referenced the Parkland, Florida school shooting the week before in his social media post. Holton said the California suspect has no other connections to the Darby community, besides meeting Kayser on an online gaming platform.
RCSO is now working with prosecutors and the FBI to determine if they will be able to bring charges against the juvenile, but said be difficult to do so, due to the interstate circumstances of the criminal activity, Holton said.
There are plans for the increase in patrols at Darby schools to continue throughout the rest of the school year.