16-year-old student arrested for making threats against school

16-year-old student arrested for making threats against school

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TEMPE, Ariz. -

Tempe Police arrested a 16-year-old male student Tuesday morning after they say he made threats to shoot people at his school.

The junior at Marcos De Niza High School allegedly made threats against his school on social media. The threats indicated the attack was planned for Tuesday, April 2.

Officers were contacted late Monday, and were able to take the teen into custody at his home before the school day began on Tuesday.

Police believe the boy was acting alone.

"We understand that there are kids out there that make threats, not knowing really the damage it can cause, but anytime a threat is made whether it's a bomb threat or somebody with a gun, we're going to take it seriously," said Tempe Police Sgt. Mike Pooley.

The student was booked into jail and is facing charges of disruption of an education institution.

"The District is pleased with the quick response from the Tempe Police Department and have been assured that there is no danger to the school as indicated in the police department news release. We will continue to cooperate with the Tempe police in the investigation," stated Linda C. Littell, spokesperson of Tempe Union High School District.

It's not clear how the school will penalize the student.

Last week at the same school, a threatening message was found in a bathroom. It turned out to be a hoax and nothing suspicious was found.

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