ST. GEORGE — A student accused of sending threatening messages against Snow Canyon Middle School was arrested Tuesday.
The St. George Police Department announced late Tuesday that a school resource officer had investigated a text thread “sent to multiple people in regards to a possible school shooting (Wednesday) at Snow Canyon Middle School.”
According to screen shots of the alleged messages sent to the Deseret News, students were warned not to go to school on Wednesday.
“Hi, I just wanted to let u know that I’m shooting up the school tmw and I rly don’t want u to be there. So don’t go no matter what. Just don’t,” two of the text messages stated.
The school officer was able to identify who sent the text message and interviewed that student and his parents.
“Upon the completion of that interview the student was arrested and taken to (the) juvenile detention center. He was charged with a third-degree felony,” according to the statement from police.
Police said they planned on having extra officers at all schools in the district on Wednesday to help ease any student fears and to ensure safety.
The Washington County School District also sent a message to parents calling the incident a hoax, but also stating that such incidents “will not be tolerated.”
“Let’s consider what we just said, a child has been arrested for a threatening message they thought would be funny,” the district said in a prepared statement. “We are 100% supportive of police efforts to fully prosecute any and all students who threaten others.”
District officials encouraged parents to talk to their students about making false threats that they might think are funny. The “foolish” threats have “severe and lasting” consequences that the students are probably not considering, the district stated.
Information on the juvenile arrested was not immediately available.