Breaking News
More () »

Police: 2 kids arrested after investigation into alleged threat made against Goodyear school

A student reported seeing a threat made on social media against Desert Thunder Elementary School, which prompted Goodyear police to start investigating.

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Two juveniles have been taken into custody by Goodyear police for their alleged involvement in making a threat against Desert Thunder Elementary School.

Police received a report Wednesday of a possible threat made against the school on social media. Officers then visited the home of a student believed to be involved in the threat.

Officers reported finding a gun replica that was painted to look realistic. The student was taken into custody. 

The following morning, police obtained a search warrant for the home of another juvenile believed to also be involved in the threat. Officers allegedly found a firearm that was accessible to the child, who was then taken into custody. 

One student is facing charges of disrupting an educational institution, making threats, and using an electronic device to make threats. The second student is facing charges of disrupting an educational institution and prohibited possession of a firearm.

Police said the investigation is ongoing.

In a statement, the Avondale Elementary School District said there's no immediate danger to the students and staff of Desert Thunder.


Watch 12News+ for free

You can now watch 12News content anytime, anywhere thanks to the 12News+ app!

The free 12News+ app from 12News lets users stream live events — including daily newscasts like "Today in AZ" and "12 News" and our daily lifestyle program, "Arizona Midday"—on Roku and Amazon Fire TV.

12News+  showcases live video throughout the day for breaking news, local news, weather and even an occasional moment of Zen showcasing breathtaking sights from across Arizona.

Users can also watch on-demand videos of top stories, local politics, I-Team investigations, Arizona-specific features and vintage videos from the 12News archives.

Roku: Add the channel from the Roku store or by searching for "12 News KPNX."

Amazon Fire TV: Search for "12 News KPNX" to find the free 12News+ app to add to your account, or have the 12News+ app delivered directly to your Amazon Fire TV through Amazon.com or the Amazon app.

Before You Leave, Check This Out