YUMA, Ariz. – A 15-year-old teen is behind bars after police say he allegedly threatened to shoot up a local high school. YPD said Wednesday at about 10 p.m. the teen posted on Facebook that he would shoot up Yuma High School if he received one like to his post.
A concerned parent reported the post to YPD. Screen shots were taken and presented to the dispatched officer. Contact was made with the teen and his parents. Lori Franklin with YPD says, “The teenager admitted to doing it but said it was a joke. Not realizing the severity of it and he was arrested for it.”
What is interesting about the case is that the post did get some traction from other Facebook users. “He did get some likes and there were two shares to his post which is very concerning and a lot of kids are thinking, ‘oh this is just funny,’ or ‘it’s just a joke, we know him he is never going to do something like that,’ truth is you don’t know,” says Franklin.
Matt Buckley with the Yuma Union High School District says the district will cooperate with police in the investigation. Buckley says, “We take these threats or any threats, very seriously and will cooperate with local law enforcement to make sure that we know the validity of the threat and seriousness of the threat.”
Students and parents heard about the news on Facebook and say they too were concerned what would happen. “My concern is that I don’t want bad stuff to happen at the school while I’m here,” says one Yuma High student. A parent whose child attends the school says, “If there is a threat to the children it’s a concern for me that my son would be here and get hurt.”
Buckley says a threat to the school can be considered a class 1 or class 2 violation, which can result in various forms of discipline.
The juvenile was arrested and booked into Yuma County Juvenile Justice Center.