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Another social media threat results in school lock downs

RAPID CITY, S.D.  – Authorities have lifted lock down measures put in place in multiple Rapid City schools after a threat on social media prompted a police search.

Brendyn Medina, public information officer for Rapid City Police, said that police placed Corral Drive Elementary School, Southwest and West Middle Schools on secure status after a “very ambiguous Snapchat” caused concern.

He adds those security measures have since been lifted since roughly 11:15 a.m. The original lock-down was initiated sometime this morning.

According to Median, the threat has been tracked back to another school outside of South Dakota. Medina says it is unclear whether the threat was meant to target a specific school.

Last Friday, another situation in which a Snapchat user made a post threatening to “shoot up Central High School” led Rapid City Police to maintain an increased presence at the school.  It was later determined the threat originated from out-of-state.

Rapid City Police are maintaining an active presence at the three schools throughout the rest of the day.

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