LOVELL — The following is a press release from the Lovell Police Department.
The full text follows:
This Message comes directly from the desk of the Chief of Police.
On Thursday, February 22, 2018 two juveniles were taken into police custody for making terroristic threats.
Lovell Police became aware of threats of violence that were made by a Middle School student and a High School student. The Lovell School Resource Officer alerted Lovell Police to the threats which were made on social media using an Instagram post. The threats were directed against the Lovell Middle School.
Lovell Police took immediate measures to identify the origin of the treats and initiated an aggressive investigation into the matter. Lovell Police obtained a search warrant and were able to track the threats to two individuals (juveniles). Those juveniles were then interviewed by Lovell Police and they admitted to making the threats via social media. Both individuals were immediately taken into custody, brought before a magistrate where they were ordered to be remanded to the custody of The Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Casper.
This investigation was a collaborative effort between the Lovell Police Department, the Big Horn County Sheriff’s Office through their School Resource Officer, the Wyoming Department of Criminal Investigation (DCI) and School Leadership and Staff Personnel.
As law enforcement officers we take these matters very seriously and strive to ensure that our citizens, especially children, remain safe. It is our sincere hope that these young men choose to recover from this incident and commit themselves to becoming responsible, law-abiding, productive citizens. Should they choose to remain on this path of destruction, we will again take immediate, determined and aggressive action to ensure the safety and welfare of our citizens and to keep our schools safe.
We implore parents to speak to their children about the consequences of making threats and the impact of social media. We have many, many great young people who make responsible, positive decisions daily. Please encourage those that do well to continue to do well and reinforce their positive behavior.
If children become frustrated and feel the need to lash out or make threats, there are several outlets, agencies, counselors, family, clergy and school personnel that are available and can provide direction and guidance to get children through the situation avoiding criminal action. As the Chief of Police, I can assure you, we hold everyone accountable for their actions…responsibility and accountability are tenants of positive growth.
The vast majority of our citizens and youth are responsible, respectful and strive to build a positive, safe environment and they do an outstanding job! For those that choose a criminal path, know that we, as a community, will not tolerate nor accept this behavior and if conduct crosses the line of criminal or delinquent behavior we, at the Lovell Police Department, will take immediate, aggressive action to keep our community safe and free of criminal conduct.
Thank you for your continued support,
Chief of Police