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ST. JOHN — The Lake Central High School student accused of posting Snapchat threats with images of guns was not in school Thursday as police and school officials conducted a threat assessment, according to Principal Sean Begley.

The school will decide what, if any further action to take based on the results of the assessment, Begley said.

The first posting in question contained a photo of a gun and the message, "There's high chance next week is my last week at lc", according to an email sent to students and parents by Begley.

A second post featured an image of an AR-15 rifle, he said.

Begley said school administrators were made aware of the posts at 9:10 p.m. Wednesday.

"We were able to identify this student and contact the parents by 9:11 p.m.," Begley said. "The parents immediately secured the guns pictured in the messages and reported it as an air soft gun."

Police from St. John, Schererville and the Lake County sheriff's department responded to the student's home and confirmed the weapons were air soft guns with the orange tips signifying they are toys removed, Begley said. Police took custody of the guns.

"We will (be) working with the family to deal with this situation and will continue to pass along information to the entire school community as needed and when appropriate," Begley said.

Begley sent his email about the incident just more than an hour after the Snapchat posts were discovered. He thanked the many dozens of people who reported the posts to police, as well as school administrators and school resource officers.

"Again, if you see something concerning, please make sure to report it immediately," he wrote. "Also, please make sure to speak with your children about appropriate use of social media."

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Porter/LaPorte County Courts and Social Justice Reporter

Bob is a 23-year veteran of The Times. He covers county government and courts in Porter County, federal courts, police news and regional issues. He also created the Vegan in the Region blog, is an Indiana University grad and lifelong region resident.