KEAAU, Hawaii (KHON2) — The Hawaii Police Department have arrested a 17-year-old male student after an incident that forced multiple schools to temporarily lockdown.
According to police, there was a school threat on Tuesday morning. As a result, four schools were temporarily on lockdown: Kea’au High School, Kea’au Middle School, Kea’au Elementary School and Ke Kula ‘O Nawahiokalani’opu’u Iki Lab Public Charter School.
By around 10:54 a.m., police said all schools in Keaau lifted their lockdown.
The 17-year-old student accused of threatening students and school personnel was charged with first-degree terroristic threatening.
The suspect was transferred to the State of Hawai’i Department of Public Safety Sheriff Division and is awaiting transport to the Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility on Oahu.
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Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the police’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311. Those who prefer to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers number at (808) 961-8300.