Wednesday Threat At GV School Probed

GAYVILLE — A lockdown situation at the Gayville-Volin School Wednesday morning ended with one person in custody.

According to a press release from the Yankton County Sheriff’s Office, a report was received at approximately 8 a.m. Wednesday of a threat at the Gayville­-Volin School involving a juvenile who allegedly “was going to shoot up the school.” The facility was placed on lockdown at that time.

A 16-year-old male juvenile suspect was eventually placed in custody and the lockdown was lifted.

Chief Deputy Sheriff Michael Rothschadl told the Press & Dakotan that, as of Wednesday evening, no charges had been filed.

“We’re still investigating, talking to witnesses and investigating the case,” he said. “As soon as they found him, the lockdown was lifted.”

Rothschadl said that, despite some media reports, the individual has not been arrested and charged.

“At first, we took the juvenile into custody,” he said. “It’s still under investigation and we’ve got to go through certain things yet.”

The individual was released to a parent and charges are pending, Rothschadl said.

He further added that the juvenile is not a student at Gayville-Volin School and that the suspect was arrested at their residence.

“He’s not a student there, but he must have been telling other students that go to school there,” he said.

Rothschadl said there was no connection between Wednesday’s incident in Gayville and a similar event at Yankton High School Tuesday.

Besides the sheriff’s office, the South Dakota Highway Patrol and S.D. Game, Fish and Parks also responded to the incident.

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