UPDATE 3:40 p.m.: Pocatello Police say they are continuing to investigate the incident.
“We thank the students who contacted school officials about the threat,” states Chief Roger Schei. “The Police Department takes all complaints of threats to the community very seriously, and we acted immediately to investigate and ensure the safety of the students.”
Police said there may be further charges in the case, as investigation continues.
A student in the Pocatello/Chubbuck School District 25 was taken into custody Friday after bringing a weapon aboard a school bus.
Pocatello Chubbuck School Superintendent Dr. Douglas Howell said the district received report that a student was possibly in possession of a firearm. Administrators called Pocatello Police and soon located and confiscated a weapon. The student was identified using eyewitness reports and a review of video footage from the bus.
The student is currently being held in Juvenile Detention. Howell says school policy details serious disciplinary action for any student who brings a weapon on school property or to a school-sponsored event.
In a letter to parents, Howell said, “Providing a safe and secure learning environment is a top priority for PCSD 25 and we take any violations of our policy very seriously. Security measures and protocols are in place to help us maintain safe school communities across our school district.”
He also encouraged parents and students to let a teacher or administrator know if any situation exists that could ever place a child in danger.
“Only by working as a unified school district can we create and maintain the level of safety we want for our children,” said Howell.