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On Wednesday Nov. 8 at approximately 7:30 a.m., the Flagstaff Police Department responded to Sinagua Middle School about a report of threats to a student.

According to authorities, the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office received a report that a student had been threatened via text while on the bus enroute to school. Deputies, police and school staff were informed of the incident and an investigation was initiated.

According to FPD, investigators learned that several students were "engaging in a playful texting banter that got out of hand." Investigators learned the students involved were friends. One of the students was texting from a cellphone unknown to the other students some statements were taken out of context and interpreted as a threat.

According to police, the individuals receiving the text reported the incident immediately as they were taught in recent training. The student who made the statement immediately reported himself as soon as he became aware the incident had been reported and an emergency response had been activated.

Law Enforcement and staff responded per protocol and resolved the issue. The threat was identified as unsubstantiated, according to police. 

Involved parties are being held accountable under the student code of conduct.

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