According to the Yankton Police Department, a threat made Tuesday against the Yankton School District (YSD) has been fully investigated and there are no further safety concerns involving the schools.
“On Tuesday of this week, information was provided to school officials regarding a potential threat involving Yankton High School,” YSD Superintendent Wayne Kindle said in a message to parents. “An immediate investigation was conducted in conjunction with local law enforcement, which led to the arrest of a student.”
The arrest was made outside of school.
Kindle added that YSD takes any type of threat very seriously and will continue to work with local law enforcement to ensure the safety of students and staff.
Yankton Police Department Commander Jason Foote confirmed Wednesday before 4 p.m. that police have a suspect in custody and that the suspect is a juvenile.
The Press & Dakotan was unable to obtain additional information regarding the time, place or circumstances of the arrest.
According to Foote, YSD administration received a credible threat sometime Tuesday and called the police.
Foote did not specify the time the threat was received or the exact form it took: text, social media or a tip, only that the threat was deemed credible by school administrators.
Though the schools did not go into lockdown Tuesday, any additional steps administrators may have taken to safeguard the schools that day are not known at this time.
According to Foote, the case is being investigated by the Yankton Police Department.
He encourages residents to contact school officials and law enforcement at any time with concerns regarding school safety.