Police: Boy, 15, arrested for making school shooting threat

Blackstone Valley

CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. (WPRI) — A 15-year-old boy was arrested after police said he made online threats directed at Central Falls High School.

On Monday evening, Central Falls police received information from the Federal Bureau of Investigation Joint Terrorism Task Force (FBI/JTTF) via the National Threat Operations Center (NTOC) about a school shooting threat posted on Instagram.

During the investigation, the FBI received a tip from someone who saw the post. Police said the tipster believed the person who posted the threat is a student from Central Falls High School and provided screen shots of the post.

According to police, the screen shots revealed the person who posted the threat made reference to committing a shooting with several weapons.

Police said the person who posted it was also asking for someone to assist him and to “pull the fire alarm and then start shooting together, making them unstoppable.”

The Central Falls Detective Bureau was able to identify the suspect as a 15-year-old boy who is a student at the high school. The student confessed to the posts and was arrested at his home on Tuesday.

“Our agency takes threats such as this very seriously” Colonel James Mendonca said. “We worked side-by-side with the FBI to take appropriate measures in safeguarding public safety and at no time were students and faculty at risk due to the threat.”

The juvenile was charged with disorderly conduct and ordered held at the Rhode Island Training School.

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