Classes are going as planned Wednesday morning, but Wood River High School is on “heightened alert” following a threat to the school made by a student on social media Tuesday night, the School District announced.

That’s after the Hailey Police Department was tipped to a Snapchat image of what appeared to be a revolver posted by a 15-year-old Wood River student around 7:40 p.m. Tuesday. Upon investigation, it turned out to be an Airsoft gun—basically, a toy—owned by a 16-year-old student. At 10:30 p.m., investigators were satisfied that the post did not represent a “legitimate” threat to the school or its students.

Still, the department deployed extra officers in and around the campus Wednesday morning, plus patrol vehicles in the neighborhoods nearby.

“We want to reiterate that there is no credible threat at this time and hope parents have confidence that their children will be safe at the schools within the City of Hailey,” the Hailey Police Department posted on its Facebook page Wednesday morning.

As of midday Wednesday, Hailey Police had not responded to calls for further comment.

Just after 10 p.m. Tuesday, the School District told parents of the case—and notified them that classes would continue as usual.

“Students reported it quickly, and we were able to act on it quickly,” district Communications Director Heather Crocker told the Idaho Mountain Express. “Everyone cooperated to work through this. As always, our top priority is our students’ safety.”

Crocker did not say more about the ongoing investigation, though she did say that Tuesday night’s case was unrelated to an incident earlier the same day at Hemingway STEAM School, in which a student brought a knife to school. That was handled by staff without incident, according to Hemingway Principal Tish Short, who said parents were notified Tuesday afternoon. 

This is a developing story. It has been updated at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, and we will update it as more information becomes available. Parents can also find updates on the School District’s website at blaineschools.org.

Email the writer: mdee@mtexpress.com

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