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Deputies arrest student

ASH FORK – Yavapai County sheriff's deputies arrested a 12-year-old boy at the Ash Fork School Wednesday afternoon after he allegedly wrote a letter saying he planned to take his school hostage and kill 25 students and a teacher's aide.

Deputies booked the sixth-grader into the juvenile detention center in Prescott and charged him with one count of threatening or intimidating and one count of interference with or disruption of an educational institution.

Both charges are misdemeanor offenses.

Deputy Andy Enanoria, the Sheriff's Office's school resource officer for Ash Fork and Seligman, investigated the case, then arrested the boy after a tip from another student who had seen the letter.

Colleen McDougall, superintendent of the Ash Fork School, said that the arrest did not disrupt classes. To her knowledge, McDougall said, this is the first time that such an incident has happened at the school, which has about 250 students.

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