TUCSON, AZ (KOLD News 13) - A middle student was arrested in connection to a reported threat to Tortolita Middle School on Tuesday, May 14.
According to the Marana Unified School District, a student had made a statement at the end of the school day to fellow students about “shooting up the school”.
The Pima County Sheriff's Department was called to investigate the incident and determined that there was no threat to Tortolita Middle School. However a student was arrested, according to MUSD.
Parents and students of Tortolita Middle School were informed Tuesday evening via phone and email of the incident. See the full letter from Tortolita Middle School Principal, Rex Scott below:
In addition, parents were also encouraged to continue to talk to their child(ren) about the seriousness of making statements related to a threatening/dangerous nature at any time, whether in person or on any social media site. Threats against a school, even when made in a joking manner, can result in serious consequences aligned with MUSD discipline matrix and Arizona Criminal Law.
The Marana Unified School District, Tortolita Middle School, and law enforcement agencies take threats and safety concerns very seriously.
No further information will be released, according to MUSD due to the confidentiality of student disciplinary issues and the desire to not impede law enforcement’s own investigation.
This is an isolated incident, which will not affect Tortolita’s school day on Wednesday. The school will follow its regular schedule.