A 15-year-old Union School District student is in custody of juvenile authorities after he allegedly posted a threatening photo and video of him with a handgun on the social media messaging app Snapchat.

Union police, with assistance from the Franklin County Sheriff's Department, immediately followed up and located the suspect at his home, police said. 

Superintendent Dr. Steve Weinhold sent out a phone blast to notify district parents of the incident. The message is as follows: 

"Late Sunday night, the Union R-XI School District was made aware of a potential threat to Union High School that was posted on social media.

"The Union Police Department was immediately notified. The Union Police Department, assisted by Franklin County Sheriff's department immediately followed up and located the suspect at their residence.

"At this time, the suspect is in care of juvenile authorities. At this time, we will remain in constant communication with local and county officials as the investigation is still ongoing.

"As always, our main priority is the safety and wellbeing of all of our students and staff. At this time, all Union R-XI schools will be in session Tuesday, Jan. 9."

See the Wednesday Missourian for the full story. 

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