On Tuesday, February 20th, 2018 at approximately 3:06 P.M, Prescott Valley Police Officers responded to Bradshaw Mountain High School (West Campus) on a report of threats made by a juvenile student, age 15.
Upon the officer’s arrival at the school, the reporting party was identified as a student that had overheard a conversation where the threats were made. While officers gathered pertinent information, it was determined that the alleged suspect stated, "I might as well shoot up the school and take out as many people as possible because there is no point in living."Based on the information ascertained by police during the investigation, the student in question was identified.
The student was interviewed by Prescott Valley Police Detectives and admitted to making, “Dark jokes,” of that nature but denied any intention of carrying out the alleged threats.
This criminal investigation is on-going and potential charges have been submitted to the Yavapai County Juvenile Courts system for review. The student and his parents were provided the assistance of additional resources. The Humboldt Unified School District is conducting an administrative investigation into this matter.
The Prescott Valley Police Department’s mantra has not changed: “If You See Something, Say Something.” Activity would include:
- Suspicious Activity
- Threatening Statements
- Actions that are out of the ordinary
- Statements that are out of the ordinary
The individual who overheard the threat did the right thing and reported it to authorities. The Prescott Valley Police Department takes these types of incidents seriously and immediately followed up to ensure the safety of our children in the schools. When citizens report suspicious behavior or verbal threats, it allows us the opportunity to intervene and as in this case, provide the guidance and counseling to the individual and the family so that we can avoid future incidents.
Police officers would prefer to check out reported activities than respond to a tragedy. Protection from criminal activity is as much the responsibility of citizens as it is the police department. Parents, please encourage your children to talk and report any unusual activity or statements they heard in an effort to prevent future tragedy.
Prescott Valley Police Department can be contacted at (928) 772-9267 for non-emergencies, 911 for emergencies, or Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232.