Wickenburg teen arrested after Facebook bomb threat message to high school

WICKENBURG, AZ - A 16-year-old boy is in custody after he threatened to blow up Wickenburg High School if another student wasn’t expelled, according to police.

On Thursday night, the boy sent a Facebook message to the Wickenburg High School page with the bomb threat.

"The message was, 'I'm going to blow your school up unless you expel ---.' He gave the student's full name and it has been redacted as the student is a minor," said Lt. Amy Sloane of the Wickenburg Police Department.

The boy wasn’t a student at the high school, according to Sloane.

Police notified the parents of the boy named in the message, Sloane says.

Officers searched the high school for suspicious items and kept watch over the campus throughout the night, according to Sloane. They determined the high school was secure, and school was safe to be in session on Friday.

The 16-year-old was taken into custody on Friday morning, Sloane says. He’s being charged with one count of threats and intimidation, one count of electronic communications to terrify and one count of interference with an educational institution, which is a felony, according to police.

Police served search warrants on two Phoenix homes related to the boy, Sloane says.

The boy was booked into the Durango Juvenile Detention Facility. 

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