Police investigate 3 threats in 3 weeks at Flagstaff High School

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FLAGSTAFF, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Flagstaff police say they are looking into three separate threats over the past three weeks at Flagstaff High School.

On Thursday, a student informed police he had located a note in the boy’s bathroom of Flagstaff High School back on March 8. The student reported he thought it was a joke and threw the note away at that time. He stated the note was a warning indicating there would be a shootout.

This is the third note of this type to have been reported to have been found in the school in the past three weeks.

This incident is under investigation as a crime since it is considered "interference with or disruption of an educational institution by intentionally, knowingly or recklessly disrupting an educational institution by threatening to cause physical injury to any person at the school, or by threatening to cause damage to the facility or property at the school," according to police.

The first note that was reported indicated there would be a “Columbine” type incident in the month of March. The second note didn’t include a specific threat but alluded to April 20 which is the anniversary of Columbine. At this time there is no information to indicate the either of the threats are credible but both incidents are being taken very seriously. Police say "this is a felony offense." 

Bob Kuhn, Flagstaff Unified Schools Assistant Superintendent said, “Through a joint effort between Flagstaff Police Department and staff at FUSD the safety of our students as always is our top priority."

Police and school officials are working together to gather information and maintain safety.

Flagstaff Police Chief Kevin Treadway said, “There is nothing more important to the Police Department than the safety of our students and schools."

The Flagstaff Police Department will be providing a high visibility presence at the school for the next several weeks. A School Resource Officer has been assigned to work at Flagstaff High School full time during school hours throughout the next several weeks to enhance school safety.

Police are asking anyone with information in regard to the individual(s) responsible for the incidents to contact police.  Police are encouraging students who have information to come forward. Please call Detective Barreras at (928)679-4055 or Silent Witness at (928)774-6111 if you have information.

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