A 15-year-old Shadow Ridge High School student was arrested Tuesday for allegedly sending text messages to other teens, falsely reporting a school shooting was underway at the school.
A parent who saw the message on her teen’s phone called police to report the incident. The unidentified student was quickly found on campus by Surprise PD school resource officers and school staff. The suspect was arrested and escorted off campus.
Police booked him into the Durango Juvenile Detention Center on one count of false reporting, a Class 1 misdemeanor.
“I appreciate the partnership with the Dysart School District, and their cooperation with the Surprise Police Department to assist us in ensuring the safety of our schools, students, and community,” Surprise Police Chief Benny Pina said in a news release. “The false reporting of a threat at our schools will not be tolerated, and those who engage in this type of activity will be held accountable for their actions.”
Nationwide awareness of school shootings increased last week with the deadly shooting in Oxford, Michigan, where four students were killed and several others injured.
Surprise Police are asking anyone with additional information about this incident to call 623-222-4000 or 623-222-TIPS (8477), or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reference incident number #211201256 when contacting the police.
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