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Student Cited for Fabricating School Threat

Released on Friday, May 10, 2019
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One student has been cited for falsely reporting a fabricated threat that impacted middle school operations.

On Wednesday, May 8, 2019, police received information regarding two Safe2Tell reports about a threat against Preston Middle School. The school was placed on lockout and remained in a secure status while officers investigated. Through the course of the investigation, police determined that a female student at Preston had fabricated the threat and used the Safe2Tell tip line to report it. She was cited on charges of False Reporting (class 1 misdemeanor) and Interference with Staff, Faculty, or Students of an Educational Institution (class 3 misdemeanor).

“School violence is not a joke, and we take all threats seriously,” said Sgt. Laura Lunsford, who supervises the School Resource Officer program. “We encourage parents to talk to their kids about the importance of using Safe2Tell as a tool for safety, not as a prank.”

Due to statutory privacy protections afforded to juveniles, the student’s name will not be released. All charges are simply an accusation by law enforcement officers, and all arrested parties must be presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.