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Teen detained after allegedly threatening to kill classmates

A teenage boy who attends Bagdad High School remains in juvenile detention until his next hearing on charges of threatening or intimidating after three students and the principal told deputies the boy on Jan. 20 allegedly said he might bring a gun to school, kill his classmates and then himself.

The teenager entered a denial during his appearance at Juvenile Court Center on Monday and will remain in juvenile detention until his next case management hearing Feb. 14, said Scott Mabery, director of the Juvenile Court Center.

At 9:55 a.m. Jan. 21, a parent came to the Bagdad substation for the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office to report that the teenage boy had threatened to shoot his child, then other kids in class before killing himself.

The Bagdad High School principal told deputies that Friday that the boy became upset after being suspended for bringing a knife-shaped wooden object to school, according to the Yavapai County Sheriff's report.

Deputies spoke to three students who claim they heard the teenage boy make the threats. One of them told deputies he felt threatened by what the boy said. When the deputy arrested the boy and asked if he knew why the deputy was there, the boy said, "Yes - 'cause I was talking about killing," according to the police report.

"Two rifles and a shotgun were taken from the subject's home as a precaution," said Dwight D'Evelyn, spokesman for the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office.

The deputy brought the boy to the sub-station to interview him with his parents present.

The boy told the deputy that when his teacher took away the wooden knife he got mad and said, "I wish this was all a dream, and if it was a dream I would probably imagine an Uzi in my hand and going on a rampage, and then I said, naw ... it's too much like Grand Theft Auto, then I'm like ... even if it was, I would probably kill everybody in this room, and I'm very mad and pissed off and might even be a little suicidal, and everyone is going on about it ... about me killing myself, and they're laughing about it, joking about it," according to the police report.

The boy told the deputy that he did not direct that statement toward anyone, because he was talking to himself.

When the deputy told the boy what the other students said, the boy told him, "I didn't say I was gonna bring a gun. I said that if this was a game, and I do get expelled, I would probably have thoughts about bringing a gun," according to the police report.

The deputy took the boy to the Juvenile Detention Center in Prescott.

Calls made to the Bagdad school superintendent and the Bagdad High School principal were not immediately returned Tuesday.

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