17-year-old student arrested in Granite Falls High online threats

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The threats were made via this website, Ask.FM, which allows users to post a question or statement anonymously.
GRANITE FALLS, Wash. – Police have arrested a 17-year-old Granite Falls High School student following a month-long series of online threats made against students and staff at the school.

The Snohomish County Sheriff's Office says the threats have been made since Dec. 15 on Ask.FM, a social networking website based in Latvia which allows users to post a question or statement anonymously.

Detectives were able to track down the student by tracing the online postings back to an address in the 200 block of S. Indiana Avenue in Granite Falls.

The boy was taken into custody after a search warrant was issued last night at his home. He was booked into the Denney Juvenile Justice Center for investigation of cyberstalking and felony harassment.

He confessed to making the series of violent threats against specific students, the high school student body and school staff, said Shari Ireton of the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office.

The threats have been a continuing worry for Granite Falls High students and their parents for the past month. At least one public meeting was held to discuss the threats, and police swept the school for signs of explosives or weapons after the threats began.

No additional arrests are expected at this time.