Girl, 16, arrested in school shooting threat at Hemet High

Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS

Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS

While I am frustrated that another student allegedly threatened our well-being, I want to commend the student who reported this to our School Resource Officer and administration.

The post, police determined, was a joke.

"Another student asked the (boy) to take down the post due to its threatening implications, but he refused", Lt. Chris Steffen said.

Earlier this week, a student of another area school was arrested in connection with an alleged threat.

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The school district sent out email correspondence to students' parents and guardians Wednesday night to notify them of the arrest.

Tewksbury Public Schools Superintendant Christopher Malone said the district's security team will continue to debrief and train, but school will resume as normal tomorrow.

"I was made aware of a threat to West High through social media at approximately 10:20 PM this evening". He was turned over to Juvenile Detention Center authorities and is expected to go before a juvenile court judge Thursday.

The ninth-grader who was charged allegedly made verbal threats to "shoot up the school" while in class on Tuesday, Utica police said.

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"We sat down and all of sudden, there was an announcement that said 'everybody take shelter, '" Rylie Briggs told 7News.

"We can say that we did everything we possibly could to secure the school and make the school safe".

The police department held a news conference Thursday to remind the public that every threat, no matter how minor it may seem, will be aggressively investigated.

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