Prescott High student arrested after Instagram threat

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PRESCOTT, Ariz. -- A Prescott High School student was arrested Thursday after allegedly threatening other students on social media.

Principal Stephanie Hillig said students immediately notified school staff Wednesday morning after seeing a threat on Instagram.

"They went to security guards. They went to teachers. They went to staff members across the school," she said. "So we are incredibly proud of our students."

Hillig said the student wasn't identified on the Instagram account.

"It basically said that if he had 100 followers, then he would follow through with blowing up the school," she said.

Hillig reported the threat to police around 10 a.m. Wednesday.

She said that when a 15-year-old boy arrived on campus Thursday morning and connected to the school's Wi-Fi network, the school district's IT department was able to ping the Instagram account.

"Detectives at the Prescott Police Department were able to identify the student and speak with him," Lt. Amy Bonney said. "He admitted to making the threats."

The sophomore was arrested on six counts each of hoax and disruption of an educational institution. He was booked into the Yavapai County Juvenile Detention Facility.

Police do not believe the student had the means to carry out the threat, and Hillig said he has not been a problem student in the past.

"Even though students might think this is a joke, they need to understand the serious nature of it and understand the resources that it takes to investigate that," Bonney said.