Sent on 3/9/2018 2:34:42 PM
Last night, at approximately 8:30 p.m., Sheriff’s deputies responded to reports of a threat made against Mountain View High School. The caller stated there had been text messages and posts on social media circulating among students claiming there would be a shooting at the school today. Night Squad Detectives, along with School Resource Officer personnel responded and began their investigation. School Resource Officers partnered with school and district officials to ensure there would be heightened security and police presence at the campus today. Through their investigation, detectives determined the original threat was made by a student at Mountain View High School, and contained a picture showing a faceless male with a gun in his waistband, and the phrase “Don’t come to school tomorrow”. The investigation revealed that the picture used in the post was an old picture from a separate incident, but had been obtained by the Mountain View High School student to create an excuse for not going to school today. School Resource Officers have charged that student with Threats and Intimidation. The Pima County Sheriff’s Department would like to remind everyone that we take these threats seriously and investigate them all under the assumption they are legitimate. This requires an extraordinary amount of time and resources to accomplish, and greatly disrupts the function of the Sheriff’s Department to respond to and investigate other matters. These incidents also spread fear and anxiety to parents, fellow students, and school staff hindering their ability to carry out normal daily activities. Any threats, whether credible or fake, will be treated as legitimate and anyone found to have made them will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.