14 Year Old Boy Facing Felony Charges After Threat Against School in West Valley
YAKIMA, Wash. -- A 14 year old boy was arrested Thursday afternoon for sending e-mails to a female classmate that threatened a shooting at West Valley Junior High.
According to police, the boy claimed he was going to bring a gun to school on Thursday. However, the boy stayed home from school and police said they do not believe he posed a threat to the girl or any of his classmates.
"From interviewing him and talking to other people, we believe it was probably carrying on with a joke a little too far", said Sgt. Chad Stephens of the Yakima Police Department.
Stephens said, "the "department takes all school threats very seriously". The arrest was made within an hour after the girl told police about the e-mails she received.
Police said the boy was not in possession of a gun. However, they did recover several guns that were not locked away that belonged to the boy's grandparents.
The boy is being charged with felony harrassment and is being held at the Yakima County Juvenile Detention Center.