PARADISE VALLEY, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - This week we've heard about school threats, guns reported on campus and kids sent home. Thankfully no one has been hurt, but officers want everyone to know they take these calls very seriously.

Sonoran Sky Elementary parents got a letter from The Paradise Valley School District Wednesday about a scary incident the day before. It said in part, "Yesterday, well after school ended, it was brought to the attention of school administrators that a student allegedly possessed two handguns on campus earlier in the day. We received no threats of violence or indications that others were in harm’s way."

After hearing reports of guns at his son's school, Mike did not want to show his face on camera, but he said parents deserve answers about what happened at the school and if guns were really on campus. "I think the first thing that jumped out at me was the fact we didn't know until 24 hours after it happened," said Mike.

The district said it does not withhold information to impact performance, but it is making sure that the information is accurate first. Paradise Valley schools are on break until Monday, and the district said Scottsdale Police Department is investigating the incident. "These are such little kids," said Mike. "You can't imagine guns in elementary school, just the farthest thing to mind."

Out in Mesa, police are investigating Thursday after someone called 911 about a possible suspicious device at Red Mountain High School. Officers never found anything and are looking into who made the call.

The same thing happened Wednesday at Mesa High School, where police are still investigating. In the west Valley, students evacuated Canyon View High School Thursday for a bomb threat. Deputies never found one.

Officer Aaron Bolin with Scottsdale Police Department said it's important students know they can face serious charges for bringing weapons on campus, making threats or false reporting. "Especially terroristic threats, like a bomb or something that, would be like a felony," said Bolin. He said the serious charges can hurt a student's chance at college and getting a job in the future.

"It can take a lot of resources and manpower, and our goal is to keep people safe, and if we can, prevent these things from happening and educate people, so they know what's acceptable and not acceptable," said Bolin. He said officers take the reports very seriously, and if you hear about any threats or weapons on campus, you need to contact police.


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