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Social media post results in arrest of Pana juvenile

Police interpret post as threat to schools

(PANA) — The Pana Police Department has announced the arrest of a 16-year-old male juvenile following a Snapchat post on the internet which authorities interpreted as a threat directed toward Pana schools on Wednesday.

According to the police, the investigation was initiated at 7:27 a.m. Wednesday after the post was discovered on social media. The individual has been charged with disorderly conduct, a Class 4 Felony.

The youth was taken to the Christian County Courthouse in Taylorville for a Juvenile Detention hearing. The case remains under investigation by police and Christian County State’s Attorney Wes Poggenpohl.

In a letter to parents which was released on Wednesday, Pana School Superintendent Jason Bauer explained, “There is no imminent danger to our students and staff.”

He continued: “ This investigation has been turned over to local law enforcement and the state’s attorney. Any student who makes threats such as this will face consequences and disciplinary action.”

Bauer said the safety of the schools is a serious matter and “The use of social media must be done so in a responsible manner.”

The Superintendent thanked local law enforcement for their quick response.

“The well-being of our students is our top priority, so we want to inform you of this incident and assure you it is safe for your child to attend school,” he concluded.

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