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Kelso teen arrested after high school threats

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KELSO, WA (KPTV) -

Kelso police arrested a 14-year-old boy after uncovering a plan to carry out threats targeting two people at Kelso High School.

Officers said they first took a report of verbal threats made by the Kelso High School student on Tuesday evening. Those threats were made toward the school resource officer and a high school staff member, said police spokesman Darr Kirk.

Following an investigation where they found a detailed plan to carry out the threats, police arrested the boy on a charge of felony threats Wednesday morning.

Police said they don't believe there was any danger to students at the school, and they don't think the threats are tied to last week's shooting in Newtown.

Since the massacre in Connecticut, the FOX 12 newsroom has received dozens of reported threats at area schools, but for the most part, those threats have been dismissed by police as rumors.

At Stayton High School, police arrested a teenage boy on charges of disorderly conduct and menacing for making threats of harm toward students and staff. A teenage girl, meanwhile, was arrested on a charge of initiating a false report in an unrelated threat; and then cited and released to her parent. The two arrests in Stayton weren't connected.

At Kelso High School, Superintendent Dr. Rob MacGregor sent home a letter to parents about "instances in the past week in which students have been found to have made comments that may be considered threatening."

"These incidents were handled swiftly and action was taken immediately by the administration of the school. Making threats toward students and/or staff is against district policy and a student can be expelled from school for the threats," MacGregor wrote.

The Kelso teen's case is now being handled by Cowlitz County Juvenile prosecutors.

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