CHELAN — A Snapchat conversation that allegedly mentioned a school shooting led Chelan High School and the Chelan County Sheriff's Office to take steps after it was discovered Tuesday, leading to the expulsion of one student.
Sheriff Brian Burnett said in a press release Wednesday the threat was "not credible" and no students were at risk, but a second student was likely to be expelled as a result of the exchange. Deputies planned to have an extra presence at the school this morning.
The Snapchat conversation involved multiple students, one of whom took a screenshot of the exchange and contacted the school. Messages sent in the Snapchat app disappear shortly after being opened.
"School staff along with responding deputies were able to identify the students based on the avatars they used in the conversation," Burnett said. "After contacting an involved student and parents, it was determined there were alarming statements made, however the threat was not credible."
One student involved in the exchange was immediately expelled on an emergency basis, Burnett said. The investigation involved the school resource deputy assigned to the Chelan district.
"The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office school resource officers are committed to partnering with the school districts to provide a safe environment for the students," Burnett said. "Threats to the schools are taken seriously no matter what the initial intent was."
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