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Police: Springfield student arrested for "I am the shooter!" message

Police say they arrested a 15-year-old for sending a threatening message to a student at another school.

Posted: Feb 21, 2018 2:39 PM
Updated: Feb 21, 2018 5:43 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Police said a freshman at Thurston High School has been arrested for sending a message to a student at another school, that read "I am the shooter!".

Police said the message was sent Tuesday, just before noon.

They said the 15-year-old sent the message through Snapchat to the cell phone of a freshman girl at Springfield High School. The girl reported the message to her parents and the Springfield police school resource officer for Springfield High School was notified.

The girl was concerned about the message, especially in light of the threat investigation about a rumored school shooting at Springfield High School the same day.

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Police said the boy described the message as a joke, but it created more panic when it was shared with other students.

"Our message when it comes to this sort of behavior at school is that it's no joke and we aren't playing," Lt. Scott McKee said of the arrest.

Police contacted the boy at his home Wednesday in Springfield and arrested him. He was taken to the Serbu Juvenile Detention Facility. He's facing charges of disorderly conduct in the first degree.

Anyone with information concerning this or other incidents is encouraged to contact Springfield police at (541) 726-3714.

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