Juvenile arrested in Mohave County tells deputies he agreed to dare post threats against school on social media – St George News

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LITTLEFIELD, Ariz. – A juvenile was arrested Tuesday after admitting to Mohave County sheriff’s deputies that a friend dared him to post on social media that he was going to “shoot up the school.”

He also has told them he had no intention of committing the act, according to a news release from the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office.

The juvenile was arrested and booked into the Mohave County Juvenile Detention Center for terroristic threatening, a Class 3 felony, the press release states.

Although this threat appears to be an isolated incident, additional security measures and law enforcement presence were planned at area schools.

“The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office takes a zero-tolerance stance toward anyone who threatens our schools or disrupts an educational facility,” the press release states.

The following similar incidents occurred in southern Utah, but all turned out to be hoaxes or “swatting” incidents:

  • On April 3, Snow Canyon Middle and Snow Canyon High were placed on safe (status) after the Washington County School District received an email from someone threatening to leave a bomb in a parking lot across from the high school . It turned out to be a hoax.
  • On April 1, the Hurricane Police Department received two separate calls reporting that there was an active shooter inside Hurricane High School. However, the school was largely empty except for a handful of students and staff, as it was a teacher preparation day, and the threats were not credible .
  • Snow Canyon High School was the target of a crash last September when someone called police in a fake emergency. The individual was ultimately identified as an alien miner linked to an organized group carrying out crushing incidents throughout the county.

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