Big Island police beef up presence at several schools after threats made

Big Island police beef up presence at several schools after threats made

PAHOA, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - Just a few days after Honolulu police responded to a social media post threatening violence at Kapolei Middle School, now Big Island police are on high alert after threats were made at several schools on the island.

Police say there is no active shooter situation, but they will be beefing up their presence at Konawaena High School, Pahoa High and Intermediate School, Keeau High School and Keaau Middle School on Wednesday.

On Tuesday at around 11:30 a.m., police received a report of a social media post that threatened "shooting up local schools."

Although the posting didn't specify which school, the suspect was found to be connected with Konawaena High School, police said.

A 17-year-old male was subsequently arrested and charged with second-degree terroristic threatening. He was later released to his parents.

The same day, police learned that a 16-year-old female threatened to bring a firearm to Pahoa High School in a back-and-forth text exchange over Instagram. Police launched a harassment case and interviewed the teen on Tuesday. She was later released.

A threat of a shooting at a Keaau school also began circulating over social media, police said, but no further details have been released in that case.

Police say it's a felony to threaten to shoot a gun at school and is punishable by up to five years in prison.

In the back of everyone's mind is the spate of deadly shootings at schools, including one last week at a Florida high school that left 17 people dead. The shooting has prompted several "copycat threats" at other schools across the country, putting authorities on extra high alert.

This story may be updated.

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