The Mesa Police Department said Friday morning that two teens were charged with making threats against two schools.
According to Mesa PD, the two unrelated threats were made against Liberty Charter School and Westwood High School.
In the threat against Liberty Charter School, a 13-year-old girl posted pictures on Instagram showing weapons and saying she was going to shoot up the school. Staff was notified and detained the girl while officers investigated.
Mesa PD interviewed the student who said she sent the messages because she was dared to by her friends. Officers determined she had no weapons or reasonable means to obtain any weapons. She was charged with one count of interfering with an educational facility, a felony.
In the threat against Westwood High School, a student reported to staff that there was writing on a wall in a boys restroom, saying “Friday, be ready for a lockdown.”
The school's resource officer was notified and reported the threat. Just after reporting the threat, the resource officer was notified of a Snapchat post stating “I have a surprise for everyone tomorrow.”
Detectives with Mesa PD were able to determine the owner of the Snapchat account was a 14-year-old boy. Detectives responded to his residence where he admitted to sending the post. He said it was just a joke.
It was determined that the boy had no weapons and no means of getting any weapons. He was charged with interfering with an educational facility, disorderly conduct and one count of threatening and intimidating.
Mesa police said this was a great job by officers, students and staff for reporting the threats.
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