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UPDATE: Meridian police apprehend student allegedly responsible for Heritage threat

By IDAHO PRESS-TRIBUNE STAFF newsroom@idahopress.com​ ​ ​

Meridian Police have apprehended a student allegedly responsible for making a threat involving Heritage Middle School, according to school officials.

The West Ada school district on Thursday sent a short note to parents and guardians notifying them of the threat and efforts to investigate and secure the school. School administrators say they were made aware of the threat via social media.

A text to parents a few hours later updated them that the situation was resolved.

The email alerting parents of a threat went out at 9:04 p.m., while the text update on the apprehension was sent at 10:26.

"While there are reasons to consider the post a prank, the West Ada School District Officials and the Meridian Police Department will always take threats against the students, staff and school seriously," the first letter stated. 

Police had agreed to post additional officers at the school on Friday in response to the threat. 

"We continue to be confident in our ability to establish a safe learning environment. We also respect your choices as parents/guardians, and will work closely with you regarding the attendance of your child," according to a copy of the letter. 

Parents electing to keep their children at home should use the normal absence reporting procedures and call the attendance line at 350-4131. 

The threat at Heritage Middle School is the third in the last two weeks at schools in the Treasure Valley.