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12-year-old arrested on suspicion of threatening Phoenix-area school

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PHOENIX — A 12-year-old boy was arrested Monday on suspicion of making online threats directed toward a Phoenix-area school.

The Peoria Police Department said the boy allegedly threatened Santa Fe Elementary School — located near 75th and Olive avenues — in a group on social media.

The threats were reported to police by two other students.

“We applaud them for doing the right thing,” police said in a release.

The threats were deemed credible because of the language used and the boy was arrested.

“These matters are extremely serious in nature, cause fear and disruption of an educational institution, and are not tolerated by the Peoria Unified School District or the Peoria Police Department,” the release said.

He has been charged with a hoax, though that could be changed and more charges could be added.

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