According to Gilbert Police, a fourteen-year-old boy was arrested on Tuesday for making threats on Facebook to “shoot up” Mesquite Junior and Senior High School. Gilbert Police Spokesman Sergeant Jesse Sanger said the school resource officer was contacted on Tuesday morning by students who saw the threat on Facebook.
Police reportedly traced a screen shot of the Facebook threat to a home near McQueen and Warner Roads in Chandler.
When Police arrested the boy, whose name has not been released because he is a juvenile, he admitted to creating the Facebook posts. Sergeant Sanger said, “It still has to be taken seriously. He was very apologetic.”
The boy has been referred to the Juvenile Court system on charges of interfering with an educational institution.
According to Sergeant Sanger, parents were notified by letter of the boy’s threats. Sergeant Sanger also said that additional officers were assigned as a precaution to the school, but Officers did not feel the threat was serious enough to evacuate the school.
Under Arizona Revised Statute 13-2911, a person commits “interference with or disruption of an educational institution” by recklessly, intentionally or knowingly making threats to cause physical harm to a student, employee or any person on the educational campus. A person convicted of this crime may face a Class 6 felony. According to Arizona law, penalties may include suspension or expulsion from school and “any other appropriate disciplinary action.”
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