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Student talked about school shooting Instagram post, Belleville principal says

Police and school officials were investigating Thursday after a student allegedly talked about a threatening Instagram post targeting Belle Valley School.

"Basically, it was a middle school student who made a comment about something he said he saw on Instagram about the school getting shot up," said Tammy Leib, Belle Valley School principal.

Leib said the details were a bit unclear as the student did not make it clear whether he posted it or saw someone else's post. However, police later determined there was never any post.

"Unfortunately, kids say things. We make sure to follow protocol, and we notify the police and have the police check," Leib said. "Of course, the police went to the home and met with the parents and child."

She noted that disciplinary actions have been issued, but there were still some things pending regarding the incident.

Leib said Belle Valley School District 119 Superintendent R. Dane Gale wrote a letter to parents so they stay informed with accurate information.

"We want everyone to know that student safety is of paramount important at Belle Valley and ANY threat of this nature is taken very seriously," Gale wrote in the letter, which was dated Thursday.

The letter did not provide additional information about the threat, but stated police and the St. Clair State's Attorney Office were involved.

A Belleville Police spokesman did not immediately return requests for comment.

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Dana Rieck: 618-239-2642, @ByDanaRieck
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