Another Arizona teen arrested for alleged school shooting threat
PHOENIX — A teenager was arrested Monday for allegedly sending a text message to a fellow student that included a threat to “shoot up” an Arizona high school.
The recipient, a student at Bradshaw Mountain High School in Prescott Valley, alerted an assistant principal after receiving the message that said “ima shoot up your school.”
The Prescott Valley Police Department said it investigated after being notified by the school and arrested a 15-year-old, who was booked into the Yavapai County Juvenile Detention Center in Prescott.
It echoed an incident from last week in which a Gilbert high school student was arrested after being overheard saying he was “going to shoot up the school” over frustration with his grades.
That incident, at Highland High School, occurred on Friday, the same day a student fatally shot 10 people at Santa Fe High School in Texas.
“Our department takes school threats very seriously and we will continue conducting thorough investigations, and take appropriate enforcement efforts, to maintain student safety,” Sgt. Darrell Krueger, a spokesman for the Gilbert Police Department, told KTAR News 92.3 FM.
Prescott Valley Police said there is zero tolerance for language that can be perceived as threatening or intimidating, and every incident would be investigated.
Monday’s alleged threat wasn’t the first at Bradshaw Mountain this year.
In February, a student was investigated after being overheard saying, “I might as well shoot up the school and take out as many people as possible because there is no point in living,” the Prescott Valley Tribune reported.
The suspect admitted to making “dark jokes” but denied any intention of carrying out the threats.