Flagstaff Police response to recent threats to local schools 

March 21st, 2017 at 4:09 PM

On 3-9-17, at approximately 12:20 PM, Officers with the Flagstaff Police Department responded to 400 West Elm Avenue, Flagstaff High School, in reference to a report that a student had found a threatening note. The student immediately notified school administration. School Administration reported the incident to police and we have been working closely with the school to investigate this incident.

A second note was found on 3-20-17 in a school bathroom. This note was not specific but contained disturbing information. These cases are under investigation and actions are being taken by school officials and the Flagstaff Police Department to maintain the safety and wellbeing of students and staff at the school.

This incident is under investigation as a crime. According to ARS 13-2911, a person commits interference with or disruption of an educational institution by intentionally, knowingly or recklessly disrupting an educational institution by threatening to cause physical injury to any person at the school, or by threatening to cause damage to the facility or property at the school.

The first note indicated there would be a “Columbine” type incident in the month of March. The second note didn’t include a specific threat but alluded to April 20 which is the anniversary of Columbine. At this time there is no information to indicate the either of the threats are credible but both incidents are being taken very seriously. This is a felony offense.

Tomorrow night, 3-22-17 at 6:00 PM, a meeting will be held at Flagstaff High School, in the Hurley Theater, to provide information in reference to these incidents and answer questions from the community. Bob Kuhn, Flagstaff Unified Schools Assistant Superintendent said “through a joint effort between Flagstaff Police Department and staff at FUSD the safety of our students as always is our top priority”.

Police and School Officials are working together to gather information and maintain safety. Flagstaff Police Chief Kevin Treadway says “there is nothing more important to the Police Department than the safety of our students and schools”. The Flagstaff Police Department will be providing a high visibility presence at the school for the next several weeks. A School Resource Officer has been assigned to work at Flagstaff High School full time during school hours throughout the next several weeks to enhance school safety. We are asking anyone with information in regard to the individual(s) responsible for the incidents to contact police.  Please call Detective Barreras at (928)679-4055 or Silent Witness at (928)774-6111 if you have information.

Sgt. Cory C. Runge                                            

Karin Eberhard

Flagstaff Police Department              

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