Police Arrest Andover High School Student After Alleged Snapchat Threats

An Andover High School junior was arrested by police Monday night after he allegedly posted threatening messages on Snapchat, according to school officials.

Andover Police received reports from parents at 7 p.m. Monday that a photo of assault rifles had appeared on social media with a warning to students not to attend school on Tuesday.

An investigation by police determined that the photo was downloaded from the internet rather than taken by the suspect. No firearms were found at the residence and police say there is no danger to the school or the community at this time, though extra officers will be assigned “out of an abundance of caution.”

“While we are confident that there is no danger, I am proud that the procedures we have in place in the event of a threat were followed, and I am pleased with the level of teamwork and constant communication among officials as this unfolded over the past few hours,” Superintendent Sheldon Berman said. “The Andover Police Department is to be commended for investigating this threat with great professionalism and providing a resolution within two hours of the initial report.”