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Amphi HS student arrested after parent alerts police to social media threat

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Tucson police arrested an Amphitheater High School student in connection with a threatening post on Instagram on Thursday, Aug. 10.

According to a message to parents from the school's principal, a parent saw the post made by a student and alerted police.

Tucson police Sgt. Pete Dugan said the suspect is a 16-year-old boy. He was booked into the Juvenile Detention Center Thursday morning. He faces a Class 6 felony for interference/disruption of an educational institution.

He posted a photo online of him holding a fake gun with a caption, “Don’t go to school tomorrow,” according to Dugan.

The student was not on campus at any time, according to the message from Jon Lansa.

Lansa said in the message, "We are disappointed that this incident happened on our first day of school, but want to assure you that we take all threats seriously and we will always take the proper precautions to ensure our school is safe and secure."

Amphi spokeswoman Amy Sharpe said the student was placed on indefinite long-term suspension until the school district meets with the student and his parents. 

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