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UPDATE: Threatening text sent to Prescott high school student a hoax

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Prescott (Press Release) - A Prescott Police Department investigation into the alleged threat that caused the School District of Prescott to cancel evening activities on Thursday, April 24, has shown that the threat was a hoax.

"The high school student who told school officials that he had received a test message that threatened his life admitted to us during a follow up interview that he composed and sent the text message to himself," Chief Bondarenko said. "The student told us he reported that he had been threatened because he did not want to go to school.  He admitted he fabricated the threat."

Chief Bondarenko said the student reported receiving a text message at about 2 p.m. from a person he said he had met in St. Paul, Minnesota. The message threatened the student's life.  He received a second text at 3:30 p.m. that the person was en route to Prescott to harm him at school.

"The student admitted to us and our investigation confirmed that he sent both text messages to himself and fabricated the story about the person in St. Paul, who does not exist," Chief Bondarenko said.

Prescott police and Pierce County sheriff's deputies stood by at the high school campus while students and staff remaining in the building after dismissal left.  School district officials then decided to cancel evening activities at the high school as a precaution while the threat was being investigated.

The student, who is a juvenile and lives in Prescott, was released to his father.  He will be referred to Pierce County authorities for possible criminal charges.

"School district officials and my department took the threat seriously.  The decision to cancel evening activities was strictly a precaution in the best interest of public safety," Chief Bondarenko said. "We did not learn until after the activities were canceled that the threat was a hoax."

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Prescott (Press Release) - On Thursday, April 24 near the end of the school day, a Prescott Senior High School student received a text message that was threatening in nature. Strictly as a precaution, evening activities at the high school were canceled and law enforcement officers stood by while remaining staff and students left the building. At no time was there a direct threat to students or staff safety. The decision to cancel evening activities was precautionary in nature. An investigation into the threat is being conducted by the Prescott Police Department.

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