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Brett Blume (KMOX)

UPDATE: Suspect in Custody Following Threat at Belleville High School

The suspect, said to be 18 years old, was taken into custody around 9 a.m.

May 23, 2018 - 7:03 am

UPDATE: A teen is in custody after reportedly making a threat that shut down not one, but two high schools in Belleville Wednesday morning.
The suspect, said to be 18 years old, was taken into custody around 9 a.m.
Belleville District 201 Superintendent Jeff Dosier made the decision to cancel classes at both Belleville East and Belleville West.
He told KMOX that in light of recent events, including Friday's mass murder at a Texas high school, it was definitely the right call.
"There's so many situations that are tragic, and we feel like the actions of the students and our parents who reported this to police could potentially have averted tragedy."
It was supposed to be the final day of classes at both schools -- finals will be rescheduled for Thursday.

Previous reporting:

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Breaking this morning in the Metro East -- classes cancelled in Belleville after a threat from one student against another. 

A Facebook post by the superintendent around 40 minutes ago says classes are cancelled at Belleville East and Belleville West High School.

Dr. Jeff Dosier says this morning they received word from Belleville police of a credible threat. 

For everyone's safety, classes are cancelled today, only. Final exams will resume tomorrow.

Dr. Dosier says all students and staff should remain off campus until further notice.

Belleville police said they had no more information to give out at this time.