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UPDATE: False threat at Sabino HS results in high absentee numbers

Pima County Sheriff's deputies stepped up patrols after a threat made against Sabino High School on Tuesday, March 7. (Source: KOLD News 13) Pima County Sheriff's deputies stepped up patrols after a threat made against Sabino High School on Tuesday, March 7. (Source: KOLD News 13)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

About a third of the students at Sabino High School stayed home on Wednesday, March 8, after learning of a threat against the school the night before, according to a spokeswoman for the Tucson Unified School District. The threat was determined to be false.

Stefanie Boe, TUSD's Senior Director Communications, said more than 300 students missed some portion of the day, which is about 33 percent of the student body.

Boe said the normal absence rate is about 100 students.

According to Boe, the false threat came via text message that was shared among students. She said the text offered no specifics.

Boe said the investigation is ongoing, but the students who are responsible for the text will face serious consequences for the false threat.

The district wants parents and students to know that students were never in danger. Families are asked to discuss how disruptive this serious crime is. Students should never forward this kind of text, but rather should report it, Boe said.

Students and families can call 911 to make a report, or go online HERE.

District officials told authorities about the threatening text on Tuesday night, March 7, and parents were informed about it Wednesday morning.

Parents were given the option to keep their students at home, but classes were in session as normal.

Deputies from the Pima County Sheriff's Department stepped up their patrols in response.

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