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Police: 14-year-old boy in custody after Santa Rita HS hoax

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Police investigate a report of a weapon at Santa Rita High School on Thursday. Police investigate a report of a weapon at Santa Rita High School on Thursday.
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A 14-year-old boy is facing false reporting and disorderly conduct charges in relation to an alleged hoax at a high school on Tucson's southeast side today, Tucson Police say.

According to a TPD news release, the Freshman student at Santa Rita High School allegedly used a borrowed cell phone to report seeing a person with three guns on the campus at 3951 S. Pantano Road.

The boy was arrested and faces one count each of false reporting of an emergency and disorderly conduct – interfering with or disrupting an educational institution. Both charges are misdemeanors. He was booked into the Pima County Juvenile Detention Center.

According to police, responding officers and school security checked the school for any suspicious people or activity while an effort was also underway to identify and locate the phone from which today's call had been made.

A group of students who were believed to be aware of the hoax were briefly detained for questioning, but none were determined to be culpable. The owner of the phone was also found to be not at fault or responsible for the incident.

Yesterday the school was on lockdown all day while police searched for someone with a gun or knife. No suspect or weapon was found and the lockdown was lifted at 2 p.m.

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