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Lake Havasu High School student arrested after perceived threat

August 21, 2018

Monday morning began with the arrival of police officers at Lake Havasu High School after a 16-year-old student threatened to “shoot up” the school that day.

Police arrived on the campus at about 7 a.m. and located the student allegedly responsible. The student, who was not identified in the report, was unarmed at the time of his arrest an hour later. He also did not appear to have a plan to follow through on his threat, the report said.

The student was booked into a juvenile holding facility, where he will await an initial appearance in court.

The Lake Havasu City Police Department advises that Havasu residents use comments and photographs responsibly on social media, and to avoid making threats toward any institution or person.

“A comment or post intended as a joke can potentially be considered a threat,” said Lake Havasu City Police Sgt. Tom Gray. “This is a violation of the law and an investigation can lead to the arrest of those responsible or involved. The Lake Havasu City Police Department will take all reported threats seriously and fully investigate any alleged incidents.”

The threat is among the first of its kind this semester, although it follows two unrelated incidents of potential threats against Lake Havasu High School students, which took place at the end of the last school year.

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