LANCASTER – Authorities have arrested a suspect in connection with the prank 911 call that triggered two school lockdowns last week.
A 13-year-old Amargosa Creek Middle School student was arrested Monday afternoon after confessing to calling in the false emergency report, according to Lancaster Community Relations deputy Michael Rust. Authorities are not releasing the suspect’s name because the suspect is a minor.
The following is the press report from the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station:
An anonymous tip made though the “Crime Stoppers” tip line, lead to the arrest of a Middle School student Monday afternoon.
The incident began shortly after 1PM Thursday (April 25, 2013), when Lancaster Sheriff’s Station received a 911 call from an unidentified person. The caller reported that there had been a shooting at Amargosa Creek Middle School. The campus was placed on “lock down” for several hours while over a dozen deputies from Lancaster station conducted a room by room search of the school. During this same time, the staff at nearby Lancaster High School initiated a voluntary “lock down” of their campus.
It was determined that the call was a prank, and that there was no emergency at either campus.
During the weekend, Lancaster Station received several tips from the “Crime Stoppers” tip line regarding the incident and the identity of the caller. On Monday (April 29, 2013) Lancaster Station School Resource Deputy Gruppie, arrested a 13 year old Amargosa Creek Middle School student who admitted making the call.
The student was arrested for making a false emergency call, and was released to his parents. If convicted, the student faces up to one year in a juvenile detention facility. Additionally, his parents could be held responsible for the cost of the emergency response by Law Enforcement.
Parents are urged to educate their children on the seriousness of making “prank emergency” calls.
Lancaster Station would like to thank the staff and students of both schools for their professionalism and cooperation during this incident.
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