Police arrested three male teenagers Wednesday at Kalaheo High School after they allegedly made threats on social media.
The threats occurred sometime between 7:30 and 7:50 a.m. Wednesday, police said. They did not disclose the nature of the threats. Police said two suspects are 14 and the third is 15.
Donalyn Dela Cruz, spokeswoman for the state Department of Education, said a parent saw a threat directed at the Kailua school on a social media app believed to be Instagram. The parent notified school administrators, who called police.
Officers responded and the students were identified. Police arrested the boys at about 10 a.m. on suspicion of first-degree terroristic threatening. The offense is considered a Class C felony, and it carries a penalty of up to five years in prison.
The boys were released pending investigation.
Dela Cruz said administrators sent a letter to parents to inform them of the threat and tell them that police are investigating.
Police were on campus again Thursday as a precaution.
In addition to their arrests, the suspects face disciplinary action by the school.
Dela Cruz said “appropriate action will be taken” when the safety and security of students and staff are threatened.
“This is an example of stressing what you do on social media today is part of your digital footprint. Whether it’s a threat or inappropriate behavior, there are consequences to that,” she added.