Snapchat school threat leads police to Parkway West student

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The ninth-grader who was charged allegedly made verbal threats to "shoot up the school" while in class on Tuesday, Utica police said.

A Proctor High School student has been charged with making a terroristic threat in Utica.

"The morning of 3-1-18 the Yakima Sheriff's Office was made aware of a potential threat directed toward West Valley High School".

Police credited the students at Central Middle School with quickly notifying police about the threat.

Police said 17-year-old Gage Allen, of Walker, was arrested on terrorizing and an unnamed 16-year-old was arrested on intimidation and interference in the operations of schools.

So far this year, Clark County School District police have confiscated 17 firearms on campus.

A statement from the school was included in Thursday's news release. As a District we will continue to monitor this case closely and to remain vigilant as we work collaboratively with our staff, students, parents and partners to maintain our of our schools and safe and healthy learning environments. Since the horrific school shootings in Florida, school districts across the nation have had to cope with this foolish, reckless behavior - majority by students.

The student also reportedly told police officers they got the idea from watching school shooting pranks on YouTube. The threat was directed toward the school's principal Emily Shaw and was set to be carried out Wednesday, Duckett said.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are working together to investigate a string of violence and violent threats occurring in multiple local schools in a single day. In a similar forum held for students, Jaeger said having multiple open entryways was a concern to many.

The student in question, 14, said he was going to shoot another student, according to Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan. The women said they had felt helpless during the shooting and they were trying to be strong for their children.

"Obviously, in a time of heightened awareness and security we take any and all reports very seriously".

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