ICPD: Threat NOT Made to City High School

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- Iowa City Police say a social post of a threat thought to be aimed at City High School was actually aimed at a high school in New Mexico.

According to a news release, several people reported the post to Iowa City Police around 10 p.m. Monday. It was circulating on Instagram and Snapchat.

Police determined the post originated in Clovis, New Mexico and police there confirmed it had originated there and was aimed at Clovis High School. Police identified a suspect in New Mexico.

Iowa City Police said, at this time, there is no known threat to City High School.

The original threat made in a Snapchat post showed a person holding a rifle with a caption referring to Clovis High School and "going out with a bang." Law enforcement in New Mexico were tipped off to the post and arrested a teenage boy on April 5.

The 17-year-old Clovis student admitted to police he was the one in the photo and made part of the caption. He is facing charges of aggravated assault on a school employee, according to CBS Amarillo.

Despite the arrest, the post has continued to make rounds online. Students attending schools with the initials CHS have worried the post was aimed at their campus.

Sister station KKTV in Colorado Springs reported students and parents there worried the post was directed at Coronado High School. Sister station WOWT in Omaha says the same post sparked fears that Central High School was targeted.

In Tennessee, a school called in extra security before it was confirmed the "CHS" threat was indeed the Clovis threat. In Florida, students and parents worried Cocoa High School was in danger, according to a central Florida paper.

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