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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Tucson police were called to an eastside Tucson school for the second day in a row.

Thursday morning TPD responded to Santa Rita High School at Escalante and Pantano Roads.

Someone had called 911 to say there were people with guns on campus.

Police say the caller abruptly hung up. 

Police rushed to the school and soon determined the call was a hoax.

They say they arrested a 14-year-old boy and booked him into the Pima County Juvenile Detention Center.

Officers say the teenager faces charges of false reporting of an emergency and interfering with or disrupting an educational institution.

Both are misdemeanors.   

We are not using the suspect's name because of his age.

The school was not locked down during the investigation, but there was increased police presence.

The school had been locked down all day Wednesday after a neighbor in the area reported seeing someone, possibly carrying weapons, heading to the school.

This all comes as parents say there are real concerns about what's happening at the school.

We heard that over and over on Wednesday during the lockdown as parents waited for their children.

Parents said they feel there are safety issues at the school.

Some said, in fact, that their children did not feel safe at Santa Rita.

Some parents said they were looking into changing schools.

"My oldest son says this is the worst he's ever seen it," said Bridget Rinehart, the mother of three Santa Rita High School students.

The Tucson Unified School District says it is addressing student discipline concerns at the high school.

TUSD Assistant Superintendent for High Schools Dr. Abel Morado says, "I don't agree with the assessment that Santa Rita is an unsafe school, first and foremost. I'm also not going to sit here and say that we've been without issues at the school, but as the issues surface, we address those issues one at a time."   

"As a result of some of the concerns that we're having at the school, as a result of the needed services that we have, our superintendent has directed that we add more resources. So we're in the process of doing that and we've also worked closely with TUSD School Safety in terms of adding extra support there for the school," Morado says.

Morado says a new principal will start work at Santa Rita in the next couple of weeks.

He says the district is adding an assistant principal and another counselor.

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