Centennial students arrested over social media threats

Centennial High School was placed on lockdown for 3 and a half hours after reports of a student with a gun on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017.
Centennial High School (Photo by Chris Caraveo/Independent Newsmedia)

By Chris Caraveo, Independent Newsmedia

Peoria police arrested two Centennial High School students after they allegedly made threats on social media, according to a release.

A concerned student notified their parents, who then reported the threats to the Peoria Police Department Sunday evening. Officers arrested the 15-year-old sophomores by the end of the night.

Officer Brandon Sheffert said the threat was posted on Snapchat by one student and on Instagram by another.

“The threat was directed at Centennial High School,” Mr. Sheffert said. “It was a photograph of a weapon stating for people not to go to school.”

Officers investigated the incident, and the teens were later booked into the Durango Juvenile Detention Center.

“These threats were concerning due to the photo posted and statement made even though the students maintain it was a joke,” the release stated.

Peoria police informed the district of the incident and assured PUSD that the suspects would not be on campus Monday.

The Peoria Unified School District began classes August 9.

“These matters are extremely serious in nature, cause fear and disruption of an educational institution, and are not tolerated by the Peoria Unified School District or the Peoria Police Department,” the release stated.

The charges are preliminary and additional charges may be added or amended.

Centennial High School, 14388 N. 79th Ave., was on lockdown in February over reports of a student with handgun, which turned out to be false.

Anyone with additional information regarding this incident can contact the Peoria Police Department at 623-773-8311.

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