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Fairfield teen charged with felony after fake account warns of school shooting

Published: Nov. 16, 2021 at 8:08 PM CST
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FAIRFIELD, Iowa (KYOU) - A Fairfield teen is in custody after making an account on Snapchat and warning of a school shooting.

According to a press release from the Jefferson County Attorney’s office, a 15-year-old is now in custody and charged with Threat of Terrorism, a D felony.

According to the report on Monday, the Fairfield Police department received multiple calls about a Snapchat message warning of a shooting at Fairfield High School. In the post circulating online, someone wrote “I’m shooting up the school tomorrow just letting you know. Don’t report this please.”

Officers immediately followed up on these calls and quickly determined that the post did not pose any threat to the community. The person named on the account was interviewed. The account did not belong to that person and had been created by someone else. Officers were able to find the source of the fake account and the source admitted to making the post.

On November 7th, Fairfield Community School District Superintendent Dr. Laurie Noll shared in a YouTube video regarding an earlier threat saying “all rumors or threats have been investigated by law enforcement and they stated that our schools are safe.”

These threats come just days after the death of a Fairfield High School Spanish teacher, Nohema Graber. She was found dead at Chautauqua park and two students are now charged with her murder.

Fairfield Mayor Connie Boyer spoke out on Facebook about the death saying, “Our community has been shaken by the tragic death of Nohema Graber. It is important that the legal process be allowed to work to ensure the matter is thoroughly investigated and prosecuted. Local authorities are working with State partners to make this happen.”

She also added to, “Please refrain from social media dialogue and third party commentary. Please respect the system. We cannot be the information source or the media.”

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