Flagstaff Police Department- MEDIA RELEASE
School Threats Sinagua Middle School
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz – On 3/16/2018 at approximately 9:31 AM, Sinagua Middle School was placed in lockdown after a threatening note was found.
Today, 3-16-18, Staff from Sinagua Middle School reported a threatening not was found in a girl’s bathroom inside the school. The note threatened to burn the school down. The school was placed in lockdown and the Flagstaff Police Department responded to ensure the school was safe and investigate. Investigators learned the identity of a suspect who attends the school admitted responsibility for writing the note.
While the investigation was being conducted and the person claiming responsibility was detained, a fire was started in a boy’s bathroom inside the school using toilet paper. Staff members located the fire quickly and extinguished it. Investigators are continuously investigating to locate the party or parties responsible for starting this fire.
While the initial person was detained, a second note was found inside another girl’s bathroom threatening a school shooting during the 12:00 o’clock hour. This note is not believed to be written by the same person responsible for the first note. This incident is currently under investigation and all available leads are being investigated.
At the current time the school and students have been released and will be closed throughout next week for spring break.
If you have any information or leads in reference to this report please contact the Flagstaff Police Department at (928)774-1414 or Silent Witness at (928)774-6111.
Sgt. Cory C. Runge Karin Eberhard
Flagstaff Police Department Flagstaff Unified School District
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