Teen arrested for falsely reporting shooting at Surprise high school
PHOENIX – Police in a West Valley city arrested a 15-year-old on Tuesday for allegedly sending text messages to fellow students falsely saying there was an active shooter incident at their high school.
Multiple students at Shadow Ridge High School near Peoria Avenue and Perryville Road received the message, the Surprise Police Department said. The parent of a child who received the text saw the message and called police.
Resource officers and school staff tracked down the sender on campus. The teen was later booked into Durango Juvenile Detention Center on one count of false reporting, a Class 1 misdemeanor.
“The false reporting of a threat at our schools will not be tolerated, and those who engage in this type of activity will be held accountable for their actions,” Surprise Police Chief Benny Pina said in a press release.
He commended the cooperation from the Dysart School District.
Police asked that anyone with more information about the case call them at 623-222-4000 or 623-222-TIPS (8477) or send email.