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A 14-year-old Lander Middle School student allegedly said they were going to “shoot up” the school Thursday and told a fellow student not to come to school, according to a Facebook post by the Lander Police Department.

Police say they received “at least eight” tips via Safe2Tell — an anonymous app used by students to report safety concerns — about the student, with the tips “indicating this student was going to ‘shoot up the school,’” according to the department’s Facebook post. A Lander Middle School Twitter account posted just before 5 p.m. Wednesday that “no substantiated threat to LMS” had been found by investigating authorities.

However, apparently after that tweet was posted, police discovered that the student had allegedly told a classmate to “stay home tomorrow,” meaning Thursday, because the student was going to “shoot up the school,” according to police. As of late Wednesday night, when the police issued the statement on Facebook, that threat had not been substantiated.

Fremont County No. 1 Superintendent Dave Barker told the Star-Tribune on Thursday afternoon that the threat had still not been substantiated. He declined to discuss whether the student who made the comment was in school.

As a result of the threats, more officers were present at Lander Middle on Thursday.

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The eight Safe2tell tips were related to an incident from last week, according to police. Barker said last week the same student was overheard making a comment that “sounded like a threat to the school.” That comment was reported to administrators, was determined to be unsubstantiated and the student was disciplined.

Barker said there would be an increased police presence at the school on Friday, as well.

The Lander incident comes less than a week after police and district authorities responded to a similar threat in Riverton. There, an interaction on social media prompted concern over a potential threat to “shoot up” Riverton High School. That threat also had a date attached: May 15. As of last week, authorities there were still working to identify the student at the center of the concern.

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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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