Prescott, AZ

Breaking: 2 boys allegedly threatened to shoot up Prescott school

Brenna Temple

Two Prescott Valley Charter School boys are in custody for allegedly threatening to shoot up their school, according to the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office. They are facing charges for an alleged terrorist threat along with false reporting, according to Sheriff David Rhodes.

Reporting to concerned locals on Facebook, Rhodes expressed the importance of upholding a zero-tolerance policy for gun threats.

“We need to drill into our kids that making any type of threat about school violence will always be taken seriously,” said Sheriff David Rhodes.

“We don’t want to see children with these charges on their records however, we have zero tolerance for threats of school violence. This is the second seventh-grader in four months to make the same type of threat, which also resulted in an arrest. Any threats of violence are intolerable and inexcusable.”

In the recent Facebook post, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office provided additional information.

"...the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office received a report on Saturday, Aug. 27, from the parent of a seventh grader at Prescott Valley Charter School stating that his son had a video recording of another 12-year-old student making threats to “shoot up” the school."

"Deputies responded in conjunction with Prescott Valley Police Department to the reporting party’s house and were able to verify the claim and see the video, which was recorded on the school bus ride home the previous day. The camera on the cellphone used to record the statement was covered, but the child stated he knew who the voice on the recording was and gave the name to the deputy."

According to Rhodes, "Deputies were able to arrest the suspect student, who admitted to making the threat. The student stated he was coerced into making the threat by the reporting student."

Further news to come.

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