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Originally Published: May 27, 2018 4:57 p.m.
A 15-year-old was arrested on Monday, May 21, after allegedly threatening to “shoot up” Bradshaw Mountain High School (BMHS).
The alleged threat was made on Monday, May 21, to a BMHS student via text message, according to a Prescott Valley Police Department (PVPD) news release. The message came from a former BMHS student and read “ima shoot up your school.”
The student who received the message told the school’s assistant principal, who reported it to the police.
The 15-year-old, who sent the message, has been booked into the Prescott juvenile detention center.
The incident is reminiscent of a series of threats made by various local students in the weeks after the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, earlier this year. In each of those previous instances, the threats were taken seriously and juveniles were arrested.
Though he believes the student in this most recent instance was rightfully arrested, Humboldt Unified School District Superintendent Dan Streeter wants to make clear that this threat was more bullying-related than it was an actual threat against the school.
“There was never a serious threat to the school,” Streeter said. “This is a kid messing with another kid.”
As they’ve done every time a threat of this nature is made, the Prescott Valley Police Department would like to once again encourage all parents to tell their children that threats or alleged threats are not jokes, and will not be considered as such.
“The Prescott Valley Police Department advises that there is zero tolerance for any language that can be understood as threatening or intimidating to another person or school,” Jarrell said. “Every incident will be investigated and dealt with accordingly.”
Police ask students to say something even if they don’t think the activity is significant, according to the news release. If they are uncomfortable with any activity or statement, they should talk to parents, school administration or police.