Published: Sun, March 04, 2018
Medical | By Garry George

Student arrested after Talent Middle School threats

Student arrested after Talent Middle School threats

Dozens of students at a Phoenix-area middle school were suspended for leaving campus during a walkout to protest gun violence and to support victims of the Florida school shooting.

Grossmont Union High School District officials confirmed that sheriff's deputies arrested the student, but no other details - including the student's name, grade or age - were immediately released. Phoenix Police were already on scene assisting Talent Police, so each agency conducted investigations on the incidents which originated in their jurisdictions.

Central Florida schools have become the center of numerous threats and hoaxes since the Parkland shooting.

Officials said several students reported the threats to Westview High officials.

- Police aren't providing any information on an arrest of a middle school student, accused of threatening the schools March 1.

Heidi Tessler, a mother to two students at the school, said one of her children was suspended, but disciplinary action isn't the issue. Students in Bismarck will be among them.

As students and School District 2 are in talks about how best to handle a planned walk-out later this month, some students are opposed to it.

The Sheriff's Office began receiving reports of social media posts referring to the threat at the school around 6:45 Friday morning.

"In all these school shootings you see... that the shooter was depressed, had some mental illness", said Stephens. School will go on as scheduled Thursday at Parkway West High School with an increased police presence. However, school officials told students they wouldn't be allowed to return to campus or ride school buses home if they took part in the protests.

Later that evening, the student who found the note confessed to their parent that they were actually the person who wrote it.

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