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Hemet Boy Suspected of Making Threatening Call to School

   HEMET (CNS) - Police today arrested a 15-year-old Hemet boy suspected
of calling a school and threatening to carry out a shooting, resulting in a
campus lockdown.
   The youth, whose name was not disclosed, made the call -- ultimately
determined to be a prank -- about 1:15 p.m. Monday to the reception area at
Diamond Valley Middle School, according to Hemet police.
   Sgt. Derek Maddox said a clerk was told by the caller that he intended
to ``shoot up'' the campus, prompting the staffer to immediately notify
administrators, who summoned police.
   Maddox said the campus was locked down as ``numerous'' patrol officers
converged on the location and began a search of the grounds.
   After the area was deemed safe, the lockdown was lifted, and school
resource officers initiated an investigation in coordination with Hemet Unified
School District officials, according to Maddox.
   ``The threat was determined to be a prank by a student who thought it
would be funny to make the call,'' the sergeant said.
   He said the teenager was identified and taken into custody without
incident on suspicion of a making a terrorist threat. Police did not say what
school the boy attends.
   He was booked into Riverside Juvenile Hall on the felony allegation.
   ``The Hemet Police Department and the Hemet Unified School District
take all threats very seriously,'' Maddox said.

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