Teen posts school threat on social media; ‘thought it would be funny’

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GILBERT, Ariz. — Police say a 13-year-old boy posted a school threat online over the weekend because he “thought it would be funny.”

The threat was directed at South Valley Junior High School on Lindsey Road in Gilbert.

Police say the boy posted a picture of a handgun on social media advising students not to come to school on Tuesday. Police say the post was a picture of a realistic-looking BB gun.

According to Gilbert police, the boy had seen “other similar posts and thought it would be funny.”

The school resource sergeant was notified of the incident and will conduct follow-up with the Gilbert School District.

Gilbert police also said that a uniformed officer will be posted at the school to ease any concerns.

This was the initial statement sent out to parents from the school principal, Tim Cannon:

“Dear Parents,

South Valley has been made aware of a threat directed towards our school by the Gilbert Police. As you well know, the safety of your children is our first priority. We will have additional security, along with police presence on our campus today.

Thank you for your continued support.

Mr. Cannon.”


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