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Police arrest teen over hoax threat to Prescott High School campus

PRESCOTT (AP) - Prescott police have arrested a 17-year-old high school student on a felony hoax charge after she admitted to making up a story about a man heading to the Prescott High School "on a rampage" with a weapon.

Spokesman Lt. Ken Morley says the teen told Prescott High School officials about 2 p.m. Friday that she got a call from a friend who told her a young man was headed to school with a gun. Police surrounded the school and also locked down nearby Taylor Hicks Elementary School because the girl said the man was coming from that direction.

After police noticed inconsistancies in the girl's statements as they questioned her, they decided to release the students from the lockdown at 3:15 p.m., Morley said.

The girl eventually admitted she concocted the story, but didn't say why, Morley said.

No one else was involved in the case, police said. The girl was booked into the Yavapai County juvenile detention center on a Class 4 felony charge of committing a hoax that caused an emergency reaction by government officials.

The incident happened just hours after a mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school.

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