Boise student charged with making threat against school

A 13-year-old student was arrested Tuesday and charged with making a threat against a Boise school.

Police say the student left an object at Horizon Elementary School in west Boise, KIVI 6 On Your Side reported Tuesday.

Police did not identify the suspect. The Idaho Statesman identified the suspect as a student at Fairmont Junior High School in Boise.

The incident began Monday night, when Boise police received a tip through Crimestoppers regarding a vague threat against a Boise school.

According to a Boise Police Department news release, school resource officers said the suspect admitted to making the threats. With the consent of the suspect’s parents, the officers searched the suspect’s home. “Officers did not find any evidence that the suspect was able to create a viable explosive device,” Boise police said.

But on Tuesday afternoon, officers learned that someone left an object at an elementary school. Students and staff were told to stay inside while officers found the object, and determined it posed no threat.

Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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