QCHS locked down Feb. 25 due to threat via social media

Update: Deputies from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office who searched Queen Creek High School Feb. 25 did not find a bomb, according to a statement e-mailed by the sheriff’s office to members of the news media and other unnamed recipients.

Students at Queen Creek High School continued their school work Feb. 25 while deputies from the Maricopa County Sheriff ’s Office searched their campus at 22149 E. Ocotillo Road in Queen Creek in search of a bomb or other device, according to a statement e-mailed that day by the sheriff ’s office to members of the news media and other unnamed recipients.

According to the statement, the deputies did not find anything at the school.

According to the statement: “Nothing has been located at this time. Sheriff ’s deputies do believe that the threat was a hoax. Sheriff ’s deputies will continue to investigate in hopes of locating the suspect.”

School officials and MCSO deputies locked down the school after receiving a bomb threat on a social media site, according to a message posted at about 11:10 a.m. Feb. 25 on the school’s Facebook page:

“Please read the following message from our principal, (Dr. Joseph C.) Farnsworth: Today at 9: 48 am QCHS administration was notified by the (Maricopa County) sheriff ’s (office) that they had received a bomb threat via a social media site called Whisper. Sheriff officers have been mobilized and are on-site. Other police resources have also been mobilized to QCHS. We are currently following our crisis response plan and are in lock down. We have no indication that anyone is currently in danger but we are taking every precaution.”

Dr. Farnsworth was unavailable to speak by telephone and the school was not releasing any further information.

The Queen Creek Unified School District phone was not answered Feb. 25.

According to the MCSO e-mail, the sheriff ’s dispatch had received a 911 call from a social media applications security group.

The security group had intercepted the post, and advised the sheriff ’s office of the content of the message, some of which read, “going to bomb the queen creek high school at noon.”

Sheriff ’s deputies responded to the school and advised the school administration who placed the school on lock down.

Sheriff ’s bomb dogs and Explosives Unit responded and began searching the school, according to the e-mail.

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