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Police said an elementary school boy posted the message on Snapchat in an effort to scare a friend

PMG FILE PHOTO - Gresham police investigate a disturbing social media pots. The vague threat on social media Tuesday night against "Powell Valley" that put extra security at Powell Valley Elementary School was deemed not credible by law enforcement.

"We did locate the person who made the alleged threat," said Ben Costigan, an officer with Gresham police.

Costigan said a 17 year-old boy had downloaded a photograph of a handgun from the internet. An elementary school student saw the photo and added the words "Powell Valley tomorrow" to the photo of the gun and posted it on Snapchat.

Costigan said the "Powell Valley" post was considered a noncredible threat and was more of a misguided prank. Allegedly the boy wanted to scare a friend.

Costigan had earlier given a slightly different version of the events, but corrected it Friday morning with new details.

Although the boy's post did not mention the school by name, and there are many other places with Powell Valley in their name, the police and the Gresham-Barlow School District took extra safety precautions at the elementary school on Wednesday, Oct. 9, while the situation was investigated.


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