14-year-old arrested after threatening to shoot up his Jr. High with an AR-15

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PAYSON, Utah (ABC4 News ) – A 14-year-old student is facing some very serious charges after police said he threatened to shoot up his Jr. High with an AR-15 in January. 

According to a search warrant, the juvenile male posted a Snapchat message to a friend that goes to Mt. Nebo Jr. High that said, “Ima get my AR-15 roll up around 12 and y’all gonna be (expletive) dead, goal is to get at least 20.”

That girl told police the boy then threatened harm to her if she called police.

The girl took a screenshot of the message and sent the message to her friend who goes to Payson Jr. High School to warn her not to go to school because there was going to be a shooting at 12, according to court documents. 

The girl told police she got scared and showed the message to the principal who then contacted law enforcement.

According to the search warrant, the student was located inside the school and detained inside the principal’s office.

The boy admitted to sending the threatening message via Snapchat but was not going to actually carry out the shooting. He was booked into juvenile detention. 

Sgt. Noemi Sandavol with the Payson Police Department praised the girls for their quick actions and for reporting the incident to authorities. 

If you come across a threat similar to this please report it to your local law enforcement and school officials. The Safe UT app is also a great way to report tips.

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