Teen arrested after threats made online
A 14-year-old boy suspected of posting threats to “shoot up the school,” prompting extra security at four University Place schools, was arrested Friday.
He was booked into Remann Hall Juvenile Detention Center on suspicion of making threats to bomb or injure property after police tracked his computer IP address and found evidence of the posts on an electronic device belonging to the teen.
The boy is a student at Curtis Junior High, Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.
After discovering the post on Instagram Thursday night, additional officers were placed Friday at Narrows View Intermediate School, Curtis High School, Curtis Junior High and Drum Intermediate School.
The threat was not deemed credible, so classes continued without interruption.
The threat was to “shoot up the school tomorrow” and claimed “everyone is going to die.”
It also included racist remarks and references to the KKK, according to an email sent home to parents by the University Place School District.
Although the schools remained open Friday, school officials said they would excuse an absence if parents felt uncomfortable sending their child to school.