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Wisconsin teen arrested for Snapchat school threat in Wayland-Cohocton district

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A Wisconsin teenager has been detained following an alarming Snapchat threat directed at a student from Wayland-Cohocton Central School District, authorities announced. The troubling image of a gun accompanied by a warning to avoid school led to the district-wide cancellation of Thursday’s classes as a precaution.


The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office initiated an investigation into the menacing message after it surfaced Wednesday evening, sparking immediate concern among school officials and parents. Efforts by law enforcement to track down the source of the threat continued overnight, ultimately pinpointing the origin to Wisconsin, where a similar menacing post was shared within the local school district.

In a coordinated effort involving multiple agencies, including the Monroe Crime Analysis Center, Snap Inc., the Woodruff Wisconsin Police Department, and the FBI, the young suspect was swiftly apprehended. Officials confirmed that the individual in question is a juvenile and, as such, their identity remains protected.

The targeted student in Wayland-Cohocton had no prior connection to the individual, receiving the threat through an unsolicited friend request. With no specific information linking the threat to the Wayland-Cohocton schools, authorities took decisive action to ensure the safety of all students, leading to the closure of both district campuses and ancillary educational programs.