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A Natrona County High student was arrested at school late Tuesday morning, the same day that district officials were made aware of an alleged threat made by the student against the school community.

It’s unclear when the threat was made or the age and gender of the student. Natrona County School District spokeswoman Tanya Southerland said the district was made aware of the threat Tuesday and “immediately conducted (an inquiry) by NCHS officials and the School Resource Officer.” She did not say how the officials were made aware of the threat.

The student was arrested on suspicion of making terroristic threats and breach of peace.

Southerland declined to say what disciplinary proceedings the student, who was born in 2003, according to police documents, faces. She also declined to say whether he was arrested at school, though police documents list the place of arrest as the address matching Natrona County High and the time of arrest as 11:30 a.m.

The student’s name and entire date of birth is shielded in police documents, as is typical for juvenile offenders. A message left for Casper Police Sgt. Scott Jones was not immediately returned Thursday.

Southerland said “school consequences and potential criminal consequences may be received when a report is found to be substantiated.”

It appears the school was not placed on lockout related to the incident.

The apparent threat is the latest similar incident to take place in Casper schools since a Florida high school was attacked by a lone gunman that left 17 people dead. In December, the district investigated threats made to Kelly Walsh and Natrona County High. District officials were threatened in the fall, and a Safe2Tell — an anonymous app used to report safety concerns — prompted an investigation at NCHS.

Similar threats plagued Casper schools through the spring, as well.

Correction: A previous version of this article misstated the birth year of the student arrested. He was born in 2003.

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Education and Health Reporter

Seth Klamann joined the Star-Tribune in 2016 and covers education and health. A 2015 graduate of the University of Missouri and proud Kansas City native, Seth worked for newspapers in Milwaukee and Omaha before coming to Casper.

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