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Flagstaff student to face charges for Snapchat shooting threat

This Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, photo shows the Snapchat app on a mobile device in New York. Snap Inc. reports earnings Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

PHOENIX — A middle school student in Flagstaff will be facing charges for threatening to shoot up a school over Snapchat.

According to the Flagstaff Police Department, the unidentified middle school student sent a Snapchat — a photo or video that is sent over a mobile application and disappears after a specified period of time — to a friend “which indicated he was going to shoot up a school.”

Officers were made aware of the threat on Thursday and began gathering information and notifying schools in the area of the threat. It was unknown which school the threat was detected toward.

The student — who attended Mount Elden Middle School — was contacted before all the schools in the area had been notified of the threat.

Some schools chose to go into lockdown as a precautionary measure.

The suspect was interviewed by investigators and was released to a parent. It was found that he did not have access to a firearm. His property on campus was also searched and a K-9 was run through the school.

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