Taipei police investigate gun threat against TAS, step up patrols

Police have stepped up patrols around the Taipei American School (TAS) in the Shilin area in northern Taipei after a threat was made Sunday that there would be a shooting on campus.

Classes at the school were suspended Monday in response to the threat, and an additional 30 police officers have been deployed there to beef up security, said Shilin police precinct deputy chief Chiang Hsun-kuei (???) at a press conference Monday.

Chiang said law enforcement officials are looking into the source of the gun threat after the school reported the incident once it learned of the threat posted on Snapchat Discord, a social media platform.

The account through which the threat was made was later found to belong to a TAS student, who claimed during questioning that his account had been hacked, according to the initial results of the investigation.

The account, police said, was also found to have been signed into using different Internet Protocol (IP) addresses from abroad, including the United States, Egypt and India.

Any attempt to intentionally or recklessly send or deliver any document, whether via mail or social media, and threatening to kill or inflict bodily harm on any person constitutes a crime, police warned.

Also Monday, the police precinct said it has requested the Shilin Prosecutors Office to assist with the investigation.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel