Hockinson High School student arrested for making threats

Hockinson student, who was not identified by authorities, has been booked into Clark County Juvenile Detention

A Hockinson High School student has been arrested by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office on suspicion of threatening to bomb or injure property, according to a press release.

The sheriff’s office was made aware of threatening statements by the student, who was not identified in a press release, toward classmates at about 6 p.m. Monday.

Working with the school district, detectives with the Tactical Detective Unit of the Clark County Sheriff’s Office conducted an investigation and developed probable cause to arrest the student, who was subsequently booked into Clark County Juvenile Detention.

“The Sheriff’s Office would like to echo the Hockinson school district’s sentiment, if you hear something say something,” the sheriff’s office wrote in a press release.

KOIN reported the boy threatened to “shoot up” the Vancouver school, citing a source at the sheriff’s office.

There was an increased police presence at the school Tuesday.

The sheriff’s office cited RCW 9.61.160 in making the arrest.

The text of that law is below:

RCW 9.61.160

Threats to bomb or injure property—Penalty.

(1) It shall be unlawful for any person to threaten to bomb or otherwise injure any public or private school building, any place of worship or public assembly, any governmental property, or any other building, common carrier, or structure, or any place used for human occupancy; or to communicate or repeat any information concerning such a threatened bombing or injury, knowing such information to be false and with intent to alarm the person or persons to whom the information is communicated or repeated.

(2) It shall not be a defense to any prosecution under this section that the threatened bombing or injury was a hoax.

(3) A violation of this section is a class B felony punishable according to chapter 9A.20 RCW.


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