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Phoenix-area city upping police patrols after school bomb threat

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PHOENIX — Police will up patrols at a Phoenix-area high school after some threatening graffiti was found in a bathroom.

Florence Unified School District sent out phone alerts to parents of students at Florence High School and Florence K-8 after two separate instances brought police forces to investigate on-campus occurrences.

On Wednesday, Florence High School officials found troubling graffiti in a campus restroom. According to a press release, the graffiti read “On April 1 I will blow up this school.”

School administrators and Florence Police Department immediately began an investigation.

“The Florence Unified School District takes all threats to the safety of our students very seriously. Your child’s safety will always be our No. 1 priority,” the school said in a release.

There will be an increased police presence on campus “for the next few days and into next week if needed.”

In addition, the Department of Public Safety has committed a specialized K-9 unit to assist with inspecting and securing the campus before school starts Friday.

The school is offering a $100 reward to anyone who will provide information leading to the identification of the individual or individuals involved.

In a separate incident Wednesday, a second-grade student at Florence K-8 reported another second grader had possession of a gun. School administration immediately went to the classroom and found an unloaded firearm.

According to a press release, at no point was any child in danger. The gun was never removed from the backpack until administration took it. Police were contacted right away and is investigating the situation.

The gun was brought to school from a relative’s home, according to the release.

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