A 15-year-old boy is facing juvenile charges after allegedly threatening students at Cibola High School. The boy made statements on his Facebook page about hurting himself and others at the Yuma High School. Police officers met the boy as he was getting off the bus at school and took him into custody. The boy made admissions to the Police and was booked into Yuma County Juvenile Justice Center for disruption of an educational institution and threats.
Arizona law states that a person commits disruption of an educational institution by: interfering with or disrupting the normal operations of the school by threatening physical injury to any employee or student or any person on the property of the school, threatening to cause damage to school property, or intentionally or knowingly remaining on school property for the purpose of interfering with the lawful use of the property.
To be convicted of a misdemeanor for making threats, a juvenile must threaten or intimidate by word or conduct to cause physical injury to another, cause serious public inconvenience, or cause physical injury to another or damage to the property of another to promote another person to participate in a criminal street gang. However, making threats can be a class 6 felony if the person is a criminal street gang member or if it is in retaliation for a victim’s reporting of criminal activity or being involved in an organization, other than law enforcement, that is established for the purpose of reporting or prevent crime.
If your child has been arrested for disruption of an educational institution or for making threats, contact the juvenile defense attorneys at the law firm Oracle Law Group