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A screen shot of a threat on social media on Tuesday evening towards Minidoka County and Cassia County schools.

BURLEY — School and law enforcement officials received a fourth gun violence threat on Wednesday morning that said someone was going to shoot up the Minidoka County schools at 3:15 p.m. today.

Minidoka County Sheriff Eric Snarr said the message was shared on social media.

The threat came on the heels of a gun threat message shared on social media on Tuesday night and two on Monday.

Snarr said the sheriff’s office met with Minidoka County school officials and the school district will not dismiss classes early today. Classes will be held through the rest of the week.

“I have no credible sources that lead me to think this is a credible threat,” Snarr said. “But we take all statements and threats very seriously.”

Snarr said the sheriff’s office, Rupert Police Department and Heyburn Police Department will continue to have an increased presence at the schools.

“We have a good safety plan in place at the sheriff’s office,” Snarr said.

Snarr said they are investigating all leads and if they can prove a crime was committed in the county, even if the suspect is a juvenile, they will be prosecuted to fullest extent of the law.

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People should continue to report threats the see or hear to school officials and police, authorities said. 

The Cassia County School District reported a message found on Tuesday evening that came from an anonymous account that mentioned both Minidoka County and Cassia County schools.

The threat came on top of a generic threat earlier this week that the Cassia County Sheriff’s Office believed may have come from an Xbox in Texas.

Minidoka County School District Superintendent Ken Cox said he saw a threat message that showed a person in a ski mask with an assault rifle.

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