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Arrest made in graffiti threat to 'shoot up' school

Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier<br>Prescott Police officers Andrew Hoffman and Sgt. Ben Scott are part of the increased police presence at Prescott High School due to a possible school shooting threat that was found on Monday.

Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier<br>Prescott Police officers Andrew Hoffman and Sgt. Ben Scott are part of the increased police presence at Prescott High School due to a possible school shooting threat that was found on Monday.

A Prescott High School student has been arrested after reportedly admitting to writing graffiti threatening to "shoot up the school."

"After a coordinated effort by the Prescott Police Department, Department of Public Safety, and Prescott High School staff, a student was questioned and admitted to writing the threatening messages," PHS principal Stephanie Hillig said in an email to staff and parents.

"The student was subsequently arrested and booked into Yavapai Juvenile Detention Facility," Hillig added.

Hillig said the graffiti, found Monday in the boys' bathroom, stated the author had been bullied by four other students - whom he named - and that he would "shoot up the school on November 17."

It also included the Internet-style notation "#schoolshooting."

The four named students and their parents were notified immediately.

Hillig said that "during the investigation, a second message was discovered with similar content." She noted that officials had spent "many hours" Tuesday and Wednesday following up on leads.

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