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8:13 PM Fri, Sept. 21st

Four area students face threats charges

A Bagdad man and two Prescott juveniles are facing charges of threatening and intimidating after incidents in area schools earlier this week.

Tuesday, Yavapai County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested an 18-year-old senior in connection with statements he allegedly wrote on a test sheet at school that officials thought were threatening.

Monday, Bagdad High School officials reported to YCSO that the student allegedly wrote statements about killing, cannibalism, arson and other comments on an AIMS test paper, statements they believe were directed toward the local school board.

After an investigation, YCSO deputies arrested the man on a charge of interference with or disruption of an educational institution, a felony. Deputies booked him into the Yavapai County Jail Tuesday with bond set at $5,000.

Wednesday, after further review, the Yavapai County Attorney's Office reduced the charges to two misdemeanor counts of threatening and intimidating. The student currently is out on bond and awaiting arraignment.

In addition, Prescott police arrested 12- and 14-year-old Granite Mountain Middle School students in connection with more school shooting threats Wednesday and Thursday.

On Wednesday, the 14-year-old allegedly told other students he was going to bring a gun to school and shoot people. Later he told police it was "just a joke."

Then Thursday, a 12-year-old allegedly told other students he was going to go on a school shooting. He told police he does not know why he made the threats and regrets speaking before thinking about the consequences.

In both cases, other students told police that the boys are teased constantly and called names because of their weight.

Police booked each boy into the Yavapai County juvenile detention facility in Prescott.

Finally, Thursday, YCSO deputies arrested a 12-year-old Prescott Valley boy for an incident at Bradshaw Mountain Middle School.

School officials told the sheriff's deputies that four students reported another student for allegedly saying he was going to bring a gun to school and shoot a teacher in the head.

The student told police he made the comments because the teacher had given him a "zero" for a grade for that period. Deputies then arrested him, and took him to the Yavapai County juvenile detention facility for booking.