East High student charged with threat of school shooting

5:30 p.m. update: An updated version of this story is available at www.adn.com.


A 15-year-old East High School student has been charged with "terroristic threatening" after a person with whom he'd been playing online video games reported to his parents that the boy talked of plans for a school shooting. Here's the Anchorage Police Department press release on the incident; check back later for an update.


Subject:  Police Investigate Possible School Threat                        

A possible threat by an East High School student launched a joint investigation yesterday between the Anchorage Police Department and the Anchorage School District. 

The student, a 15 year old male, was playing on-line video games with two other people from out of state.  At some point, the Anchorage teen made a general statement about possible plans for a school shooting.  One of the on-line youth told his parents who, in turn, called the school principal and relayed their concerns. 

Both staff and police took the threat seriously and began looking into the matter.  School Resource Officers launched an investigation which resulted in the arrest of the student, charging him with Terroristic Threatening.  He was lodged at McLaughlin Youth Center.

The student has been suspended from school pending expulsion from the school board.

This matter is an ongoing investigation.  Police will not be releasing any further details at this time.