A former Dickinson student was charged Monday for posting a threatening message on Facebook, Dickinson Public Schools Superintendent Doug Sullivan confirmed Tuesday.
"A comment was made on Facebook of a threatening nature that could be interpreted to involve the school," he said, adding that he had not seen the posting.
He said he was made aware that the individual had been arrested and is in jail.
Dickinson Public School Board President Kris Fehr said Tuesday evening that she was aware of the situation but did not have details. She said the alleged culprit was a former Dickinson High School student who has been out of school for years.
Dickinson schools start Thursday and she doesn't feel students are in danger. All threats are taken seriously, she said.
"There are policies in place to handle these situations," she said, adding the schools will "definitely be vigilant on the first day of school, as they are every day."
Dickinson Police Department Lt. Dave Wallace is the school resource officer. He was made aware of the situation and notified the school, but was not the arresting party.
The DPD would not release any more information.
When users sign up for the social networking site, they agree not to post content that "is hateful, threatening, or pornographic; incites violence; or contains nudity or graphic or gratuitous violence," according to Facebook.