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Teen arrested for “joke” about shooting threat toward Buckeye Union High School

Buckeye police
Posted at 4:52 PM, Sep 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-17 19:53:30-04

BUCKEYE, AZ — A 15-year-old has been arrested, accused of insinuating someone made a threat toward Buckeye Union High School on social media.

The Buckeye Police Department says the post was allegedly made as a “joke,” something they say is no laughing matter.

“We take every threat seriously, and along with school administrators, investigate them thoroughly,” the department said in a release.

Police say the school became aware of a Snapchat post showing a student being arrested. It also said that school was canceled today because the student brought a rifle to campus and intended to shoot teachers.

Police investigated the Snapchat post and it was learned that the photo was taken during a “mock” arrest as part of the school’s law and legal class discussing arrest procedures.

Several students identified the teen that made up the social post, and that teen was contacted by the school resource officer and arrested.

The Buckeye Police Department would like to remind parents to speak with children about social media use and the potential for serious legal implications.

Police say the teen has been referred for misdemeanor charges.