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BCHS student arrested over online threats

Staff Report~ 5/21/2014

ANTHEM – Boulder Creek High School student Nicholas Goettl was arrested on Monday, May 19 after a threatening post was made from his Twitter account.

The tweet read, “For my senior prank I’m going to bring an AR15 to school and kill everyone.”

Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department arrested Goettl, who turned 18 on May 1, charging him on a count of Hoax, a class four felony. According to a press release issued by MCSO, Goettl was arrested at his father’s house and subsequently admitted to posting the tweet.

The Deer Valley Unified School District issued a statement on May 19 regarding the arrest. The statement noted that MCSO takes all threats very seriously and that an investigation was immediately launched. Before school started on Monday, MCSO officers had already been to Goettl’s house, taken his statement, and arrested him. The statement also noted that the DVUSD abides by the district’s Student Rights & Responsibilities Handbook for all disciplinary issues and that the focus for BCHS and the district would continue to be student learning and safety.

Students took to Twitter to discuss the arrest, making comments like, “So this year definitely ended with a bang.” Another poster noted that the student was a “great kid,” but added that, “Can’t be saying stuff like that online, even if it (is) just a joke.”

No interruptions to the BCHS school day were reported.