A Capital High School student was removed from class on Tuesday after posting a Snapchat video with a pistol in it.
Helena Public Schools Superintendent Jack Copps said the district received a report from a student who saw the video and administrators have since reviewed it. Copps said the video does not threaten anyone, but instead asks questions about the merits of gun ownership.
“That video simply questioned from a Second Amendment perspective whether a person was automatically guilty because they owned a firearm,” Copps said.
The district and the police are involved in the investigation. Helena Police Department officials said they spoke with the 18-year-old student and do not believe there is a threat to the school, students or others, according to a statement released Wednesday. Police referred the incident to the county attorney's office to consider any possible charges.
The school district formed a threat assessment committee that will determine whether the student will be disciplined, allowed to return to school or expelled.
“We are very grateful that students or others choose to report things they believe may pose a threat to the safety of any students or staff members at our schools,” Copps said. “We appreciate that and we encourage that.”