All six Yankton, S.D. schools went into a partial lockdown for an hour and a half Wednesday.
YANKTON, SD (KTIV) -
School safety and social media took center stage Wednesday as an online threat forced the lock down of several Yankton, S.D. schools.
It was the second threat on Yankton schools in as many weeks, and the second arrest.
Each of the six schools in the school district were put on partial lockdown for about an hour and a half Wednesday. It came after law enforcement officials became concerned over a post on Twitter that they later found out dated back three weeks to April 17.
At 11 a.m. Wednesday, Yankton police notified superintendent Wayne Kindle of the Tweet, which was posted by 23-year-old Travis Potts and said he "felt like shooting up a school today." Kindle quickly issued a partial lockdown.
"We felt that the information they had given us and our communication with them did not deem a complete lockdown," said Kindle
Officers were sent to every school in Yankton, with extra care given to elementary schools. Potts was taken into custody without incident at his Yankton home at around 11:30 a.m.
The lockdown was lifted an hour later. It was only then that the Yankton police department realized that the Tweet was posted almost a month ago.
"We had no idea on what the time frame was," said Lt. Todd Brandt. "So we were acting on the information and we were going after public safety as our first priority."
They were tense moments, especially considering that just one week ago, Yankton police arrested one suspect after a bomb threat was made at the high school.
Kindle says that school safety is always a concern, but the timing of the incidents has been strange.
"It's been very surprising to me and probably most people in Yankton," said Kindle. "Secondly we never let our guard down with the safety of our kids. It's our priority to make sure our kids are safe, that our students and faculty are safe."
Kindle says that the bomb threat at the high school prompted a meeting to go over the school district's safety procedures.
He says that that meeting will only be expedited by today's events.
As for Travis Potts, he was arrested on charges of terroristic threats.
YANKTON, S.D. (KTIV) - Schools in Yankton, South Dakota were put in lockdown after police say a man threatened to shoot up a school.
The school found out about the threat Wednesday around 11 a.m. and were locked down within five minutes. Police say 23-year-old Travis Potts posted a tweet on Twitter, saying he quote "felt like shooting up a school today."
Yankton police say they immediately sent officers to each school as a precaution.
About a half-hour later Potts was taken into custody at his Yankton home.
The lockdown was lifted at 12:30 p.m.
At this point, no formal charges have been filed against Potts.
School officials say safety is always a top concern.
"It's been very surprising to me and probably most people, secondly we never let our guard down with the safety of kids", said Wayne Kindle, Yankton, S.D. Superintendent.
Police say the threats particularly involved elementary schools.
The threat was originally made on April 17, but police only received a call about it on Wednesday.
"The information that we got was we had no idea on the time. So, we acted on the information and we where going after public safety as our first priority", said Todd Brandt, Yankton, S.D. Police Department.
This is the second time in two weeks, a Yankton school has been shut down.
Last week, the high school was locked down after receiving a bomb threat.
One suspect was arrested and no evacuation of the school was needed.
The identity of the suspect has not been released.
YANKTON, S.D. (KTIV) - A Yankton, South Dakota man was taken into custody after he tweeted a threat saying he "felt like shooting up a school today" Yankton Chief of Police Brian Paulsen said.
The Yankton Police Department received the threat at 11:04 a.m.
Chief Paulsen said they immediately sent officers to each school in Yankton and the schools went into lockdown.
About a half hour later, Paulsen says they took 23-year-old Travis Potts into custody at his home in Yankton without incident.
The school lockdowns were lifted at 12:30 p.m.
Chief Paulsen said he is being questioned and they are seeking a search warrant for his residence.
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