What’s technology’s involvement in school threats?

Eau Claire (WQOW) – After two Eau Claire schools were threatened over the weekend, officials said the two suspects behind it – one here and one across the country met on online video games.

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Police said one suspect is a 14-year-old Eau Claire North student. His accomplice is a minor from California who was handed over to California authorities.

Authorities said the two each called Memorial and North administration offices and left threats in voicemails. Police said the threat was not credible, and students were never in danger.

This is the second time this year a school threat in Wisconsin involved online gaming.

In March, Fon du Lac police had a suspect from Arkansas make a threat over Snapchat after gaming online with three local high school students.

Eau Claire Officer Bridget Coit said technology is making it harder to identify suspects initially, but it can be helpful down the line.

“Technology has also made our jobs easier in that there is almost always a record,” Coit said. “So, we just have to do some extra digging, finding and working with those companies for the apps and or the email servers to find out that information”

Police want to remind you everyone should take every school threat seriously. A bomb scare is a class one felony.

Justin Esterly

Justin Esterly

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