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Social media threats prompt class cancellations at all Sahuarita schools

SAHUARITA, Ariz. – Classes have been canceled for all schools in Sahuarita Unified School District after Sahuarita Middle School received another threat Monday afternoon.

According to Sahuarita Police Department, district officials and law enforcement investigated a threat on three SUSD school – Sahuarita High School, Walden Grove High School and Anza Trail School – after the threat was posted on social media Monday morning. School officials made the decision to close all schools in the district after another threat was posted on social media at 4:30 p.m.

Additional officers will patrol Sahuarita High School, Walden Grove High School, and Anza Trail School today.

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“We have received multiple threats of harm against some of our schools,” Dr. Manuel Valenzuela, SUSD superintendent said. “Out of cautious concern for student safety, growing uncertainty, and time to pursue additional clarity and resolution, we are canceling classes at all schools tomorrow, October 1, 2019. ”

This cancellation will affect all SUSD schools, the Early Childhood Center and LINK, including after school activities for kindergarten through eighth grade. After school activities for high school will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Classes are expected to resume Wednesday.

In the district’s statement, the district said that they are asking the parents of students in their district to talk to their children about the seriousness of social media threats. Authorities said any student later determined to be involved with these threats will be “subject to school discipline, including suspension and/or expulsion”.

“These incidents are quite stressful for schools, staff, students and parents, but we must take every threat seriously,” the district said in the statement said. “We will continue to work with Sahuarita Police
Department in support of a timely resolution to this matter.”

Sahuarita Police Department said they are currently working with the social media companies about the alleged threat. At around 4:12 p.m. – prior to the class cancellation announcement and the most recent threat, SPD said their detectives have not found a credible and actionable threat at this time.

NEW DETAILS: Sahuarita Police Department said a credible and actionable threat has not been found at this time.

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Anyone with information is advised to call 520-445-7847, 88-CRIME or 911.

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Anthony Victor Reyes

Anthony Victor Reyes is the lead digital content producer at News 4 Tucson. The award-winning journalist previously worked as a community reporter in Jasper County, Iowa.

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