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A student was taken into custody Monday after a threat made on the app SnapChat caused several area schools to go into a soft lockdown.

In St. Joseph, Benton, Central and Lafayette high schools, Bode and Truman middle schools and Mark Twain Elementary were put under the soft lockdown at around 9:30 a.m. following the report of a threatening social media post, St. Joseph School District officials said.

Savannah High School announced it also had joined the lockdown around 10:30 a.m. A representative from the school said the social media post in question threatened the St. Joseph School District as well as Savannah High School.

Hillyard Technical Center also increased security during the lockdown as a precautionary measure.

According to Sgt. James Langston of the St. Joseph Police Department, the threat was made by an adult male student of the St. Joseph School District via SnapChat. The threat allegedly indicated the man was planning to commit mass violence against several schools.

Law enforcement worked with the school district to evaluate whether the threat was credible, and the schools remained under lockdown until around 12:45 p.m. when the man who made the threat was located in Andrew County and taken into custody.

The district reported that all staff and students were safe, and an extra police presence was on scene at the schools. During the soft lockdown, students were able to attend class and move around the buildings as long as they remained indoors.

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