Chandler police are investigating an alleged threat to a school by a student arrested this afternoon.
A 16-year-old male student made a threat against his school, Ken "Chief" Hill Academy, to be carried out at 11:25 a.m. The unnamed student was arrested at his residence at 860 N. McQueen Road at 10:50 a.m.
Officers discovered what they considered an explosive device in the home, although it was determined to be a dummy device according to ABC15.
After evacuating the school, SWAT investigators failed to find any suspicious packages on the campus in the 200 block of South Cooper Road, and police cleared the area by mid-afternoon.
Officials said the suspect at 10:30 a.m. sent a text to another student who reported it to the principal. The threat was described by the school in its 911 call as a "Columbine-type incident."
The student, who was arrested without incident, could face charges related to the incident, Chandler Sgt. Joe Favazzo said.
Ken "Chief" Hill Academy is an alternative program for junior high and high school students in the Chandler Unified School District.
That a student could carry out such a threat did not surprise Chase Cawood, a 17-year-old junior at Chief Hill Academy.
"It's believable," Cawood said as he left the Latter Day Saints church south of the school to which students were evacuated. "There are a lot of kind in there who are angry."
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