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Threats to Prescott Valley school lead to boy's arrest

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A 15-year-old Prescott Valley boy was arrested for allegedly sending email threats to his former school.

The initial emails were sent to Franklin Phonetic School on Nov. 22, a Prescott Valley police spokesman said. The school immediately notified police, and during the investigation, more emails were sent Dec. 2.

The email contained threats to shoot up or bomb the school, and the sender hinted at being a member of a gang police believe is fictitious, the spokesman said.

Prescott Valley police detectives worked with the Arizona State Gang Task Force and Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center and traced the emails to the boy at his family residence.

Investigators said the boy made several incriminating statements and that he had approximately 100 rounds of ammunition and was actively seeking a handgun to carry out the threats, the spokesman said.

The suspect also admitted to researching how to make a handgun and an explosive device, but was unable to acquire the parts, the spokesman said.

Investigators said the boy told them he intended to shoot individuals at the school.

He was booked into the Yavapai County Juvenile Detention Center for one felony count of hoax, one count of felony threatening and intimidating and one count of felony disruption of an educational institution.

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