Police: Teen girl made 'credible' threats against high school online

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PEORIA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

A 14-year-old girl is facing a variety of charges after allegedly making threats against her high school on social media.

The Peoria High School freshman was arrested Sunday evening after the threats were reported. She was later booked into the Durango Juvenile Detention Center on multiple charges and police said more could be forthcoming.

The Peoria Police Department did not release anything about the nature of the girl’s threats, but investigators took them quite seriously.

“These threats were deemed to be credible due to the number of different statements made regarding the action,” reads a news alert issued by Peoria Police Department Monday evening. “The Peoria School District was notified of the incident and arrest and was [assured] that the suspect would not be on campus today.”

The district sent a letter to parents briefly explaining the situation and assuring them that their students are safe.

“Law enforcement assures us that our campus is not in any real danger,” Principal Paul Bower and districts spokeswoman Danielle Airey wrote. “Peoria Unified works closely with our local law enforcement agencies and they continue to monitor any rumored threats involving Peoria High School. We appreciate their rapid response as the safety of our students and staff is our top priority.”

[Click/tap here to read the full letter]

The Peoria Police Department said students disturbed by what they were seeing on social media raised the red flag late Sunday afternoon.

“Several concerned students contacted the police department regarding these threats on social media and we applaud them for doing the right thing,” a spokesman said.

The school and district concurred.

“We hope this incident will serve as a reminder to all students that a threat against an educational institution is a violation of state law and that those found to be involved in such threats will be prosecuted,” reads the letter sent to parents.

Because the student who was arrested is minor, police have not released any information about her. We do not know if she has a history of this kind of behavior or why police thought her threats to be credible.

Peoria High School, one of eight high schools in the Peoria Unified School District, was established in 1922 and serves more than 1,500 students in ninth through 12th grades. 

[ONLINE: Peoria High's school safety page]

Full letter sent to parents

Dear Peoria Parents & Guardians: 

We were recently made aware that a Peoria High School freshman was taken into police custody after making threats against our campus on social media. Law enforcement assures us that our campus is not in any real danger.

Peoria Unified works closely with our local law enforcement agencies and they continue to monitor any rumored threats involving Peoria High School. We appreciate their rapid response as the safety of our students and staff is our top priority.

We hope this incident will serve as a reminder to all students that a threat against an educational institution is a violation of state law and that those found to be involved in such threats will be prosecuted.

We are committed to providing the safest possible learning environment for staff and students. Thank you for your understanding and support.

Thank you,

Paul Bower
Principal

Danielle Airey
Director, Communications & Public Relations

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