Student arrested in connection with lockdown of Prescott schools

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PRESCOTT, Ariz. -- A 17-year-old student is facing a serious criminal charge in connection with the lockdown of two Prescott schools.

Prescott Police said they've arrested a female student on a felony charge of committing a hoax for claiming that an armed man was heading to Prescott High School on Friday afternoon.

Prescott High School was placed on lockdown after the student told school officials that she had received a call from a female who claimed that a brother of a friend was armed and heading to the school.

The man was said to be “on a rampage” and “going to do some damage.”

Prescott Police set up a perimeter around the school, while investigators attempted to trace the phone call received by the student.

Taylor Hicks Elementary School was also placed on lockdown because the armed man was reportedly coming from the Taylor Hicks area.

Students at both schools were eventually released after police and school officials interviewed the 17-year-old student and noticed inconsistencies in her story.

According to police, the student went on to admit that she had made up the entire story.

The girl did not say why she made up the story, but did acknowledge that what she did was wrong.

She was booked into the Yavapai County Juvenile Detention Center.