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Columbus teen arrested after social media threat results in precautionary school lockout

Columbus East High School was in lockout procedure as a precaution until detectives discovered the threat was directed at someone who wasn't at the school.
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COLUMBUS, Ind. — Columbus police arrested a 17-year-old after a threat was made online and a local high school went into its lockout procedure as a precaution. 

The Columbus Police Department said officers arrested the teen shortly before noon Wednesday after he allegedly posted on social media a "non-specific" threat of violence involving a gun. 

School resource officers were made aware of the social media threat Wednesday morning and began an investigation with Columbus Police Department detectives.

Columbus East High School was in a lockout procedure while officers investigated. Eventually, they discovered the alleged threat was directed toward a person who wasn't a student at the school and the lockout procedures were lifted. 

Detectives found the teen at a home in Columbus shortly before noon. He was arrested on suspicion of felony intimidation and taken to the Bartholomew County Youth Services Center.

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