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Police: Teen threatens shooting at Jackson Hole High

Published On: Feb 20 2014 06:24:28 PM CST   Updated On: Feb 20 2014 08:09:56 PM CST
teton shooting note press conference

Law enforcement and school district officials hold a press conference on a threatening note found at Jackson Hole High School on Feb. 20, 2014.


A 17-year-old boy is in custody in connection with a threatening note found at Jackson Hole High School on Thursday.

In a joint news conference with the Teton County School District, Teton County Sheriff’s Office and Jackson Police Department, Undersheriff Robert Gilliam said the note was found by a student who reported it to school staff around 11:45 a.m.

The teenage suspect was taken into custody shortly before 6 p.m. after being interviewed by detectives.

Gilliam did not elaborate on the note, but he did say it threatened a school shooting Friday and was "very specific in nature."

"Our priority is the health and safety of all of our students, teachers and other personnel that work with our students on a daily basis," said Teton County School Superintendent Pam Shea.

Shea said that if parents wanted to have their students stay at home Friday, the schools would support that decision and grant the student an excused absence.

Law enforcement will have an increased presence in the areas around all schools in the county on Friday.

Gilliam emphasized that the investigation was still "fluid," and the suspect is innocent until proven guilty.

People who know anything about this case, even if they have only heard a rumor, should call the Teton County Sheriff's Office at (307) 733-2331. You can also text an anonymous tip to 888777.