Teen arrested after allegedly making threats that triggered school lockdowns

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Published: Aug. 9, 2022 at 10:43 AM HST|Updated: Aug. 9, 2022 at 3:28 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A 16-year-old Hawaii Island student has been arrested after he allegedly made threats that triggered lockdowns Tuesday at several Keaau schools.

Hawaii Island police said the initial threat was made in person.

The teen then followed up with a post online that allegedly threatened the use of a firearm.

Hawaii Island police said they responded to Keaau High on about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday after school officials reported the teen was returning to campus and could be armed.

“As officers arrived, the juvenile was observed within a vehicle on campus, and as officers attempted to identify him, he immediately fled the area on foot into a nearby forested area,” Hawaii County police said.

The high school and nearby campuses were put into lockdown as officers searched for him.

He was subsequently arrested about 10:45 a.m. and found not to be armed.

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