Police investigate school threats in Peoria

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Peoria police arrested a 12-year-old boy who attends Alta Loma Elementary School for making threats against Santa Fe Elementary School in a group on social media.

The threats were made over social media and were reported to the Peoria Police Department on Monday at approximately 2:30 p.m.

The boy reportedly said he was going to go to Santa Fe Elementary and shoot the school up, according to police.

Officers investigated the circumstances and the threats. Police said the boy did not take a weapon to school and only a toy gun was found during a search of his home.

The boy was booked into the Durango Juvenile Detention Center on a hoax charge.

The hoax charge is preliminary and charges may be added or amended.

The threats were deemed to be credible due to the statements made regarding the action.

The Peoria Unified School District was notified of the incident and arrest ensured that the suspect would not be on campus on Tuesday.

Peoria police said these matters are extremely serious in nature, cause fear and disruption of an educational institution, and are not tolerated by the Peoria Unified School District or the Peoria Police Department.

Two concerned students contacted school staff regarding the threats on social media and police applaud them for doing the right thing.

School staff contacted the police department for assistance.

Peoria police also are investigating an incident involving a 12-year-old who attends Coyote Hills Elementary School. Students there reported that the sixth-grader made a list with students' names on it and they believed it was a hit or kill list.

A district spokeswoman said there was nothing to indicate it was any type of a hit list or kill list, but a note sent home to parents indicates other students came forward to say the list was meant to be a direct threat.

The student may have diminished mental capacity and has not been arrested.

The Peoria Police Department works closely with the Peoria Unified School District regarding school incidents to ensure the safety of all students and staff in our schools.

If anyone has any additional information regarding these incidents, they are encouraged to contact the Peoria Police Department.

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