Boy arrested for ‘threatening to kill in a secondary school’ on social media

A teen was detained after his death threats on social media prompted a “lockdown drill” at his school.

The teen suspect was arrested after Sussex Police officers were alerted to posts he uploaded to The Priory School in Lewes on Monday May 23. He has since been released under investigation, according to Sussex Live.

The force’s spokesman said:

“Just after 12.15pm on Monday (May 23) police received a report a threat [to] The Priory School in Lewes had been posted on social media.

“Officers are working with the school and engaging with local authorities to safeguard the pupils.

“We can confirm we are not looking for anyone else in relation to this incident and no one at the school was harmed.

“A boy was arrested on suspicion of making threats to kill and has since been released under investigation.”

The police added that they are not looking for anyone else involved in connection with the incident.

Concerned parents also received a letter from headteacher of the school, Tony Smith, and it read; 

“On Monday (23 May) afternoon the school was alerted to a potential security issue. On receipt of the information we contacted the police who have given the issue a high priority.

“At this stage we are unable to share more detail as the issue is under police investigation.

“As you know, the school has a set of policies and procedures to address potential security issues and we have been following these and testing the robustness of what we have in place.

“We were contacted by the police this morning, to inform us that they had made progress with the issue and in potentially identifying some of the persons who are involved. They are taking appropriate action – as a school we are reassured that this has significantly reduced the security issue. 

“We did, however, run a lockdown drill just after midday to ensure that our procedures are up to date and secure and to remind all staff of the protocols we have in place. We felt this was important as we last had a drill before the national Covid-19 interruptions, so it is important that students and staff new to the school since then, are aware of procedures.

“We ask that you do not discuss this (in person or on social media) as the issue is still under police investigation.

“At this point in time this is as much information we can provide.”

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