TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A Mountain View High student is facing charges after sharing a threatening message on social media to try to get out of school, authorities said.
The Pima County Sheriff's Department said the student, who has not been named, posted an image showing "a faceless male with a gun in his waistband" on Thursday, March 8.
The photo also included the phrase "don't come to school tomorrow."
The PCSD said the threat was not credible and while security was increased, Mountain View held class as normal Friday.
"(We) would like to remind everyone that we take these threats seriously and investigate them all under the assumption they are legitimate," the sheriff's office said in a news release. "This requires an extraordinary amount of time and resources to accomplish, and greatly disrupts (our) function to respond to and investigate other matters. These incidents also spread fear and anxiety to parents, fellow students, and school staff hindering their ability to carry out normal daily activities. Any threats, whether credible or fake, will be treated as legitimate and anyone found to have made them will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."
The student is facing charges of threats and intimidation.
According to a statement from the Marana Unified School District, the school at 3901 W. Linda Vista Boulevard will continue on a normal schedule.
The image showed a gun with the words, "Don't come to school tomorrow."
Apparently, this image is being recirculated on various social media platforms.
Mountain View Principal Todd Garelick issued the following statement at 2:30 p.m. Friday.
In a separate incident on Friday, a 16-year-old was arrested after a threat was sent by text to another teen.
Police said person arrested in connection with the threat against Tucson Magnet High School is not a student at the school.